Betty Wright spotted big clumps of frog spawn in the old curling pond in Gearrchoille Wood.
David reckons there may be as many as 13 separate clumps in this photo.
Please let The Field Club know if you see local frog spawn in February or March.
The sun shone in a nearly clear sky most of the morning and early afternoon, but on the forest footpath at the base of Reelig Glen while the light above was welcome there was very little heat penetrating down to the shadows beneath the very tall trees. Seventeen TDFC members took the short path, anti-clockwise, round the deepest part of the glen.
John Miller led us and explained the interest, the biology and the physics of some of Scotland’s, and Britain’s, tallest trees. The depth of the glen and the protection this offered and the natural prevelance for the trees to stretch up toward the light, and the fashion for planting favoured tree species over the past 140 or so years has made Reelig Glen the calm place we now enjoy, and the fruitfulness for
The species list below demonstrates the variety Reelig offered even in mid-February.
|NH 54||NH 55 42||NH 55 43||Notes|
|Milvus milvus||Red Kite||√|
|Talpa europaea||Mole||√||√||Mole hills|
|Sciurius vulguris||Red Squirrel||√||Drey & cones|
|Xylaria carpophila||Beechmast Candlesnuff Fungus||√|
|Sparassis crispa||Cauliflower fungus||√|
|Exidiopsis effusa||Hair ice fungus||√||√||B.Ing – Lots of hair ice seen|
|Asplenium (Phyllitis) scolopendrium||√|
|Dryopteris affinis agg||√|
|Polystichium aculeatum||Shield-fern, Hard||√|
|Abies alba||Fir, European Silver||√|
|Abies procera||Fir, Noble||√|
|Larix decidua||Larch, European||√||Champion|
|Picea abies||Spruce, Norway||√||Champion|
|Picea jezoensis||Spruce, Hondo||√|
|Picea sitchensis||Spruce, Sitka||√|
|Pseudostuga menziesii||Fir, Douglas||√||Dughall Mòr ; tallest in Scotland
(66.4m, 4.56m circumferance)
|Tsuga heterophylla||Hemlock-spruce, Western||√|
|Chrysosplenium oppositifolium||Saxifrage, Opposite-leaved Golden||√|
|Juncus effusus||Rush, Soft-||√|
|Luzula sylvatica||Wood-rush, Greater||√||√|
|Ranunculus repens||Buttercup, Creeping||√|
|Rubus fruticosus||Bramble / Blackberry||√|
|Rumex obtusifolius||Dock, Broad-leaved||√|
|Tilia europaea (x)||Lime||√||Tallest in Britain|
|Veronica montana||Speedwell, Wood||√|
|Viola riviniana||Dog-violet, Common||√|
The early evening of 1st February was a good time for seeing NACREOUS CLOUDs. Storm Henry was all around us with heavy rainfall and high winds, but for a time in the late afternoon areas of clear sky were seen.
The date and the time were right for a very low sun when people were out and about, and as DISCUSSED HERE the presence of stormy weather and jetstream activity may have helped these clouds to form.
Near Tain Nacreous Clouds were seen by Russell who sent us this picture, taken on 1st February and by Pat who saw them on the 29th of January.
Tain & District Field Club has been to Reelig Glen before and we have been fortunate enough to have John Miller lead us as he will on Saturday, 13th February.
Reelig is always a pleasure to visit. The ultra-tall trees are a mark of the protection afforded by the deep and narrow ravine and they are not the only interest found along the footpaths.
Keep checking this site and the TDFC Facebook page for the latest information about the meeting point.
Winter may still be with us in February so all caveats about apparel and nourishment apply.
The Tain & District Field Club enjoyed the prospect of beating the forecast rain while searching for wolf spiders along the sandy / gravelly banks of this burn. The forecast proved about right so it was wet weather gear all-round, but the specific target species Arctosa cinerea did not appear. Of course, lack of evidence does not provide evidence of non-existence, so future searches may be worthwhile.
TDFC members, as ever, observed and recorded many species which will add to the known assemblage in our area.
Here is a species list :
|Strathrory spider hunt||12 September 2015|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 6708 7746||Meles meles||Badger||Scat on road edge. Not in pit.|
|Strathrory Bridge||NH 660 776||Hirundo rustica||Swallow|
|Strathrory Bridge||NH 660 776||Troglodytes troglodytes||Wren|
|Strathrory||NH 67 77||Anthus pratensis||Meadow Pipit|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 4523 5802||Bufo bufo||Common Toad||Crossing road|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 452 580||Rana temporaria||Common Frog|
|Strathrory Bridge||NH 660 776||Forficula auricularia||Common Earwig|
|Strathrory||NH 67 77||Bombus jonellus||Heath Bumblebee|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 6707 7745||Sawfly leaf-miner||Aspen leaves burrows & leaves stuck together|
|Strathrory Bridge||NH 660 776||Crab spider||Swept from veg by river|
|Strathrory River ford||NH 674 774||small Wolf Spider||River gravels obeside ford.|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 659 776||(Equisetum plastre)||Marsh Horsetail|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 6707 7745||Populus tremula||Aspen||Leaf miner & rust fungus|
|River above Strathrory Bridge||NH 659 776||Ranunculus repens||Creeping Buttercup||River bank|
|River above Strathrory Bridge||NH 659 776||Succisa pratensis||Devil’s-bit Scabious|
|Strathrory River ford||NH 67 77||Succisa pratensis||Devil’s-bit Scabious|
|Strathrory forestry track||NH 6707 7745||Melampsora larici-tremulae?||Aspen rust fungus ?||Aspen leaves|
Some photos from the day:
HELP NEEDED WITH ROSS-SHIRE FUNGUS SURVEY
by Mr B. Ing, Ullapool
Since 2004 I have been compiling records of fungi (all groups) from Ross-shire, v.c. 105 and 106. Historical records,
from literature and herbaria, have been augmented by a systematic programme of fieldwork.
With 98 whole or part 10km grid squares covering the area I am aiming at geographical as well as mycological
coverage. A ‘target’ of 100 species per 10km square has been adopted, although the better-worked squares have far
more than this. 72 squares have now reached their target! 10 of the remaining 26 are difficult of access. (Note – for
hectads only partly in VCs 105 and 106 the target is <100 species – actually the number of 1km squares in the VCs.)
The list below is arranged as follows: grid square/target/number of species recorded/ species required/notes of likely
sites, accessibility etc. Any help with records, whether macrofungi; mushrooms, brackets, puffballs etc., plant
pathogens: mildews, rusts, smuts, leaf spots etc, or ascomycetes on soil or wood, will be gratefully received and duly
acknowledged in the proposed publication.
|NG64||7||1||6||Along coast road N of Applecross Bay, no woodland.|
|NG65||10||1||9||NW Applecross coast road, no woodland.|
|NG75||85||12||73||N Applecross, along Shieldaig road, woodland.|
|NG86||100||5||95||Upper Diabaig, woodland, Beinn Alligin.|
|NH91||70||10||60||Kintail, Shiel Bridge, Glen Shiel, 5 Sisters, woodland on A 87.|
|NG92||90||4||86||L Duich, Camas Luine, Strath Croe, Inverinate, woods on A 87.|
|NH00||20||0||20||Cluanie Forest, track S of Cluanie Lodge, no woodland.|
|NH01||50||2||48||Glen Shiel along A 87, Beinn Ffada (Attow), woods on A 87.|
|NH02||85||0||85||Track to Glomach Falls, woodland by Loch na Leitreach.|
|NH03||70||0||70||No obvious sites, mountainous, many tracks, all distant, no Munros.|
|NH07||100||0||100||Long tracks from Kinlochewe and Dundonnell, 3 Munros, little woodland E of Beinn a Chladheimh.|
|NH10||20||0||20||Inaccessible except via Cluanie Lodge in W. woods S of L. Cluanie.|
|NH11||20||1||19||A 87 W of Strath Cluanie, mountains to N, woods near road.|
|NH12||15||0||15||Inaccessible, land S of L. Mullardoch, little woodland.|
|NH13||50||7||43||Land S of L. Monar, ? accessible from Monar Dam via Strathfarrar.|
|NH14||95||0||95||Inaccessible other than by tracks from end of Strathconon or from Craig on A 890.|
|NH16||100||1||99||Mountains W of L. Fannich, 2 Munros, part accessible from A 832 in Strathbran, small area of woodland.|
|NH23||3||0||3||E and SE of Monar Dam, accessible via Strathfarrar, no woodland.|
|NH24||70||0||70||Around Monar Lodge, via Strathfarrar, 5 Munros, also from Inverchoran from Strathconon, some woodland at N access.|
|NH25||100||10||90||Strathconon and L. Beannacharain, woods by road and side valley.|
|NH34||30||1||29||S of Orrin Res. ?accessible from E end of Strathconon at Marybank.|
|NH38||100||0||100||Freevater & Trollmuick Forests, mountains, long tracks from Alladale Lodge and Strathvaich. No woodland.|
|NH47||100||5||95||Kildemore & Wyvis Forests, via Strath Rannoch (A 835) in SW, or around Wyvis Lodge, via Glen Glass.|
|NH57||100||6||94||Strath Rusdale, Boath, woodland!|
|NH58||100||1||99||Forest SW of Oldtown, near Ardgay.|
|NH87||70||31||39||Loch Eye, Rhynie NR, Balintore, Hilton, Shandwick, Nigg, Fearn.|
Please send records and/or dried specimens to me at the address below. Please do not use plastic wrapping – use plain paper – as fungal material reacts poorly with plastic.
Later stages of the survey will concentrate on unworked squares plus specialised habitats and substrates.
Bruce Ing, Tigh na faoileige, Rhue, Ullapool, IV26 2TJ.
Our comon friends, the Juniper and the Hawthorn, share a fungal pest which requires both these plants be present and near enough to each other to allow transport of fungal spores from one to the other.
Gymnosporangium spore forming bodies on Juniper seen each spring at Ardgay.
Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae is the fungal pest which in turn attacks Juniper, then Hawthorn. Juniper is infected in mid to late summer by spores created within galls on Hawthorn. After over-wintering spring moisture causes Gymnosporangium galls to form on the Juniper. Spores from the Juniper infect the Hawthorn. This heteroecious cycle repeats.
Seen beside a local road – Roadkill ?
Tain and District Field Club
|James Aitken||Scottish Mountains and their Wildflowers|
|Sandy Anderson||Birdwatching Offshore|
|Dr. Rebekka Artz||Peatland Restoration|
|David Balharry||Pine Martens|
|Dick Balharry||Pine Martens and Wildcats|
|Brian and Barbara Ballinger||Three Woods and a Pond|
|Allan Bantick||Wildlife of Spey Valley|
|David Barbour||Highland Moths|
|Tim Barton||Island Life on South Georgia|
|Zul Battia||Insh Marshes|
|Dave Battie||Eastern Birchwods|
|Dr. Alan Bennell||Fungi,|
|Stewart Birks||St. Kilda Working Party|
|Brian Boag||New Zealand Flatworms|
|Dr. William Bodles||Montane Scrub|
|Dr. Alan Bowman||Ticks|
|Roger Broad||Fair Isle|
|Janet Bromham||Highland Biodiversity|
|Hugh Brown||Pine Martens,|
|Duncan Bryden||Integrated Land Use in Rothiemurchus|
|Gwen Bush||Highland Flowers|
|David Butterfield||Sahara Desert||Top of List|
|Nigel Buxton||Wildflowers in Outer Hebrides||End of List|
|Glen Campbell||SWT Northern Reserves|
|Neil Campbell||Freshwater Fishes|
|Kenna Chisholm||RSPB in Ross-shire|
|Tim Clifford||Beinn Eighe|
|Ian Collier||Highland Red Squirrels|
|Jim Conroy||Shetland Otters|
|Martin Cook||Wildlife of Moray,|
|Andrew Cooper||Scotland’s Peat Bogs|
|Sandy and Brian Coppins||Atlantic Hazel|
|Dr. Line Cordes||Harbour Seals in Loch Fleet|
|Roger Cottis||Highland Badgers|
|Colin Crooke||Red Kites and Sea Eagles,|
|Ospreys and Peregrines|
|Andrew Currie||Inner Hebrides|
|Dr Tom Dargie||Origin and Ecology of the Morrich More|
|Birdwatching in Northeast Greenland and Spitzbergen,|
|Restoring the Highland Ecosystem|
|Becks Denny||Water Voles|
|Des Duggan||Abernethy Forest||Top of List|
|Peter Duncan||Creag Meagaidh||End of List|
|Bob Dunsmore||Forestry and Climate Change,|
|Forestry and Conservation|
|Chris Eatough||Woodland Restoration on Rum|
|Dr. Mary Elliott||ESA’s in the Uists|
|Brian Etheridge||Hen Harriers,|
|Ian Evans||Wildflowers of Assynt|
|Dr. Peter Evans||Dolphins in the Moray Firth|
|Donald Fisher||Sutherland Geopark|
|Dr. Kathy Fletcher||Ptarmigan|
|Simon Foster||Studies of Coastal Waders|
|Dr. Tony Fox||Greenland Whitefronted Geese|
|Mark Foxwell||SWT Northern Reserves|
|Dr. Martin Gaywood||Climate and the Highlands|
|Dr. Dave Genney||Lichens|
|Diana Gilbert||Highland Birchwoods|
|Alison Gill||Whales and Dolphins in the Minch|
|Dr. Con Gillen||Geological Evolution,|
|Geology of the Highlands|
|Dr. Mauvis Gore||Basking Sharks|
|Justin Grant||Sea Eagles,|
|Dr. Paul Griffiths||SEPA’s Environmental Work|
|Rachel Harding-Hill||Moray Firth Partnership||Top of List|
|Dr. Dan Harries||Lochalsh Flameshell Reefs||End of List|
|Mike Harris||Seabirds and Sandeels|
|Malcolm Harvey||Highland Birds of Prey|
|Dr. David Hetherington||Cairngorm National Park and Lynx Reintroduction|
|Raymond Hewson||Mountain Hares|
|Tony Hinde||Managing Woodlands for Wildlife|
|Dr. Peter Hollingsworth||Willows|
|Dr. Felicity Huntingford||Feeding Behaviour in Salmon Parr|
|David Jardine||Birds in Colonsay|
|Simon Jones||Beaver Reintroduction in Argyll|
|Terry Keating||Blanket Bogs|
|Kenny Kortland||RSPB in Ross-shire|
|Ian Langford||Barn Owls|
|Colin Lesley||Woodland Management for Birds|
|Sir John Lister-Kaye||Nature’s Child|
|Philip Lusby||British Orchids|
|David Mardon||Ben Lawers Alpine Plants|
|Tony Mainwood||Storm Petrels,|
|Migrants on Foula|
|Katy Martin||Merkinch LNR|
|Sean Meikle||World Tour|
|David Miller||Beinn Eighe|
|John Miller||Trees in the Highlands||Top of List|
|Keith Miller||John Muir Trust||End of List|
|Pete Moore||Insh Marshes|
|Prof. Jenny Mordue||Midges|
|Dr. Robert Moss||Capercaillie|
|Dr. Murdo Macdonald||Bees Ants and Wasps,|
|Ling and Lousewort,|
|Anne Mackay||Seals and Dolphins,|
|Sandy Maclennan||Conservation in the Highlands Native Woods,|
|25 Years of Change In the Highlands|
|Lea Macnally||Red Deer,|
|Finlay Macrae||Caledonian Pine Forest|
|Derek McGinn||Natural History Sound Recording|
|Neil McIntyre||Wildlife’s Wildplaces|
|Simon McKelvie||Alien Invaders|
|Dr. Scott Newey||Mountain Hares|
|Andrew Nolan||Heather Moorland Ecology|
|David O’Brien||Amphibians in Scotland||Top of List|
|Eddie Orbell||Highland Wildlife Park||End of List|
|Dr. Chris Parsons||Whales and Dolphins|
|Dr. Iain Patterson||Crop Damage by Wild Geese|
|Dr Sandy Payne||Merlins|
|Dr. Iain Pennie||Spitzbergen|
|Dr. Nick Picozzi||Hen Harriers|
|Peter Pitkin||Mosses and Liverworts|
|Tom Prescott||Highland Butterflies|
|Polly Pullar||Fauna Scotica|
|Donald Omand||Landscapes and Antiquities of the Northern Isles|
|Bob Reid||Sea Mammal Strandings|
|Elspeth Reid||Geology in Easter Ross|
|Dr. Jane Reid||Ringing Choughs and Shags|
|Murray Roberts||Coral in Deep Water|
|Ben Ross||Wildlife Crime|
|Norrie Russell||Birds and Bogs of Forsinard|
|Alex Scott||Wildlife Past and Present in Inchnadamph|
|Kirstin Scott||Ecology of Peat Bogs,|
|Ro Scott||Otters and Wildcats,|
|HBRG Mammal Atlas|
|Michael Scott||Birds and Flowers of the Algarve|
|Sue Scott||Marine Biology|
|Dr. John Shearer||Salmon Smolt Farming||Top of List|
|Adrian Shine||Ecology of Loch Ness||End of List|
|Bob and Betty Smith||Dragonflies|
|Tilly Smith||The Real Rudolph|
|Sarah Smyth||Alien Invaders|
|Brian Staines||Deer in the Highlands|
|Dr. Tim Stowe||Corncrakes|
|Bob Swann||Bird Atlas,|
|Wader Studies in The Moray Firth,|
|Goose Catching in Iceland|
|Dr. Susan Swift||British Bats|
|Dr. Chris Sydes||Effect of Global Warming on the Flora
and Fauna of the Highlands
|Fraser Symonds||Wildlife of South Africa,|
|Peatbogs and Mudflats|
|Dr. Andy Taylor||Fungi|
|Dr. Kenny Taylor||Puffins,|
|Gulls on St. Kilda,|
|Cairngorms and Wildlife,|
|Stewart Taylor||Loch Garten|
|Valerie Thom||Birds in Scotland|
|Patrick Thompson||Farmland Waders||Top of List|
|Dr. Paul Thompson||Seals in the Moray Firth||End of List|
|Dr. Peter Tilbrook||Antarctica|
|Dr. Mel Tonkin||Red Squirrels|
|Willie Towers||Soil – the Forgotten Asset|
|Bobby Tulloch||Shetland Wildlife|
|Alan Vittery||Cephalonia Spring|
|Alan Watson-Featherstone||Dundreggan Estate|
|Dr. Jeff Watson||Wildlife of the Seychelles,|
|John Watt||Highland Natural History Records|
|David Whitaker||Northern Forest and Their Wildlife,|
|Andrea Williams||Ospreys at Loch of the Lowes|
|Doug Willis||Hedges, Verges and Dykes,|
|Natural History of the Black Isle|
|Prof. Steven Woodward||Forest Fungi,|
|Why are our Trees Dying?|
|Peter Wortham||Botany of the Highlands|
|Dr. Mark Young||Pearl Mussels,|
|Butterflies and Moths|
|Dick Youngson||Deer Management in the Highlands|
|Paul Yoxon||Otters||Top of List|
|Please Note some speakers have given several talks to the Field Club with only a partial list given here.|
In fine New Year weather Tain Field Club members walked from Portmahomak to Tarbat Lighthouse along the west shore of the peninsula.
Strong sun – almost warming – between big snow showers seen over Sutherland and blowing in from the north set the scene overhead. Long, clear, visibility helped but soil conditions were about as wet as expected and did not impede progress too much.
Apart from enjoying the New Year from its third day there were three objectives TDFC members hoped to observe.
All three were seen. The whale was unmissable and a bit smelly. The clean air of the strong wind reduced the feared smell of decay, though Herring and Black Backed Gulls walked over the whale’s surface hoping for some tasty morsel.
Though a keen watch had been kept for passing, or standing, Iceland Gulls it was not until reaching the shore near the Tarbatness Lighthouse that the birds gave us a confirmed sighting. They were simply standing on some rocks and milled about among birds more ‘local’.
The animal tracks were seen, mostly, as David had a photo of the sandstone slabs to help with locating the correct one. This shore has been subject to very energetic wave action and either that or the hand of man had removed a portion of the slab containing some of the footprints. TDFC learned that David had pointed the Natural History Museum, London to this site. It has been visited by Cambridge paleontologists who confirmed the tracks are of tetrapod origin and given the 380 – 410 million year old age of the rocks fits in with being among the five oldest examples of terrestrial animal activity anywhere. As in Anywhere. But surely this animal precedes the dinosaurs by no small margin. The tracks slab has had a cast made and an analysis of the footfall pattern gives rise very clearly to two possible modes of tetrapod locomotion.
After completing the walk TDFC walkers were pleased to accept the invitation for hot tea and coffee, and cake!, from Mary.
New Year walks can be quite frigid affairs, but this day was bright, light, windy, not frosty, and comfortable to experience all the while seeing the Tarbat plants and animals at their annual nadir.
There are other comments on the TDFC Facebook page. And, here are some photos below.
An otter has been photographed running into the waves on a beach on Sutherland’s far north coast. [See HERE]
Gavin Ward captured the image while having a picnic with his wife Pam at Torrisdale Bay, near Bettyhill, on Saturday.
Several surfers were out in the sea at the time.
Mrs Ward said: “I saw something running down the beach towards the sea. It was absolutely a surprise, and a brilliant one at that.”
Mr Ward managed to get some shots of the otter before it reached the water and disappeared.
Torrisdale Bay is a hotspot for UK surfers.
On Saturday (18th October) in warm autumn sunshine 12 TDFC members had a most enjoyable walk along Loch Migdale through Woodland Trust’s “Ledmore & Migdale” reserve.
Although this hasn’t been an autumn of spectacular colours, after a few days of sunshine and cool evenings many of the trees were beginning to show us a fine autumn display.
We spent some time looking at fungi and galls although this stretched our knowledge to its limits and beyond! We greatly miss Philip Entwistle’s encyclopaedic knowledge of such things.
After three hours in the woods we returned for a barbecue lunch at the Torroy croft, recently refurbished by the Woodland Trust. Thanks to Gavin, Pam, Marion, Pat and Fay for stalwart work on the barbecue.
While we were at Torroy Jimmy caught a very late flying dragonfly. It was very faded and almost translucent so identification was difficult. Jonathan Willet identified it from photos as a very late flying female Black Darter (Sympetrum danae).
Thanks to all who made this a very enjoyable day.
Walk in Migdale Woods & Torroy 18/10/2014
NH 64 90
NH 65 90
NH 66 90
|Species||Common Name||Grid Ref||Count||Recorder||ID|
|Calocera viscosa||Yellow Stagshorn||NH 65120 90628||TDFC|
|Melampsorella sp.||Pine Witches Broom gall||NH 6637 9088||TDFC|
|Nectria cinnabarina||Coral spot||NH 6624 9085||TDFC|
|Cantharellus cibarius||Chanterelle||NH 6515 9060||TDFC|
|Candlesnuff type fungus||NH 6577 9061||TDFC||on birch|
|Amanita sp.||Amanita-type||NH 6586 9070||TDFC||Possibly Tawny Grisette S.fulva|
|Amanita sp.||Amanita-type||NH 65120 90628||TDFC|
|Blechnum spicant||Hard Fern||NH 65 90||TDFC|
|Polypodium vulgare||Common Polypody||NH 65 90||TDFC|
|Pteridium aquilinum||Bracken||NH 65 90||TDFC|
|Juniperus communis||Juniper||NH 6665 9083||TDFC|
|Bellis perennis||Daisy||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Betula pubescens||Downy Birch||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Calluna vulgaris||Heather||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Hedera helix||Ivy||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Ulex europaeus||Gorse||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Vaccinium myrtillus||Blaeberry||NH 66 90||TDFC|
|Succisa pratensis||Devil’s-bit Scabious||NH 65 90||TDFC|
|Vespula vulgaris||Common wasp||2||JMcK|
|Epirrita Sp.||November, Pale November or Autumnal Moth||2||JMcK||Photo to be checked|
|Oligotrophus juniperinus||Junirer Tulip Gall Fly||NH 6665 9083|
|Phytomyza ilicis||Holly Leaf Gall Fly||NH 6600 9076|
|Geotrupes stercorarius||Dor Beetle||NH 653 906|
|Dragonflies & Damselflies|
|Sympetrum danae||Black Darter||NH 667 908||TDFC||Jonathan Willet (record sent to BDS)|
|Buteo buteo||Buzzard||NH 65 90||1||TDFC|
|Buteo buteo||Buzzard||NH 66 90||1||TDFC|
|Aegithalos caudatus||Long-tailed Tit||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Troglodytes troglodytes||Wren||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Erithacus rubecula||Robin||NH 65 90||√||TDFC|
|Erithacus rubecula||Robin||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Turdus merula||Blackbird||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Turdus pilaris||Fieldfare||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Turdus viscivorus||Mistle Thrush||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Regulus regulus||Goldcrest||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Parus ater||Coal Tit||NH 65 90||√||TDFC|
|Parus caeruleus||Blue Tit||NH 65 90||√||TDFC|
|Pyrrhula pyrrhula||Bullfinch||NH 66 90||√||TDFC|
|Cervus elaphus||Red Deer||NH 65 90||√||RW, MCT, PO||Roaring on S side of loch|
Saturday 20th September was dull and showery inland but in the east nearer the sea clouds and showers were well separated and the sun shone strongly as the afternoon progressed. Embo Beach looked beautiful in the sun and with a warmish, northerly breeze.
Field Club members began observing before arriving at Embo. a Red Kite was seen at Clashmore, and Truffle mushrooms were brought by David and Susan from Fearn.
If the identification of the Truffles is confirmed (Hymenogaster niveus) this is likely to be their northernmost record.
Other highlights: jellyfish (Lion’s Mane (Cyanea capillata) & 2 and Octopus), feeding Gannets (mature & immature), Porpoise breeching quite near the shore (following a food fish shoal?), Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle or Carriage Coach Beetle (Ocypus olens), a fresh water beetle, one dead seal, etc.
Here are some photos:
In a good year for mushrooms Chanterelles were a target for the menu on Wednesday, 27th August 2014. After years of finding mushrooms this example turned up – not before seen by us here nor anywhere.
The black eggs are …… ? There may be an answer at iSpot.
EDIT 30/08/2014: There are responses which indicate the black blob objects on the mushroom are a slime mold; iSpot likely belonging to the group Myxomycetes or plasmodial slime molds, possibly Leocarpus fragilis (1), (2), and elsewhere, astonishingly similar to Leocarpus: Trichia decipiens.
In 2012 I asked about ‘insect eggs’ in tree bark. Maybe that was a similar slime mold!
Keep checking this post to see if an answer emerges.