Monday, March 12, 2018

Dalgety Bay - Guillemots in the mist

A misty day and easterlies meant some Guillemots were feeding off the small harbour wall but still no gannets, no fulmar, no Little Auk, no LT Duck, no Phalaropes ... this wish list should be getting 2nd nature by now!

I have managed to get a few things and I surely have enough in the store cupboard to clearly leap the halfway point. a few things I thought were bankers turned out to be not what I thought, including my first slug dissection. Is it Deroceras reticulatum or D.agreste? Oh, it;s exciting ... oh, it looks like it's D.invadens. I think. That one to be referred but not clearly what I thought it was anyway.

At the third time of asking I found my favourite "ground" beetle, the arboreal Dromius quadromaculatus, with a session of head-torching. The usual things were on trunks but there are far less isopods and no isopod hunting spiders (so far). This square also seems to have no pill bugs, which makes me think the other square is more calcareous or something of that nature.

Anyway, I had hoped this lot would be enough to go over 500 but it's not! 499! It'll be today though unless something bizarre happens.

492 flowering plant Mercurialis perennis Dog's Mercury
493 coleoptera Dromius quadromaculatus A ground beetle
494 * annelid Eiseniella tetraedra An earthworm
495 mollusc Tandonia sowerbyi Sowerby's Keeled Slug
496 spider Nuctenea umbratica Walnut Orb-weaver
497 spider Zygiella x-notata A spider
498 lep-moth Agonopterix heracliana A micro moth
499 lep-moth Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character


  1. Crazy totals so far, I'm very impressed!

    Your slug pic made me look twice, I thought it was Taleporia tubulosa until I realised what I was looking at! Still absolutely zero Psychids for me up here, casta is known from Skye but it's eluding me so far.

    1. I've never knowingly seen one. I haven't especially sought them out, but given the amount of time I've spent grilling various substrates you would think I might have by now