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Strathrory Burn – 12 September 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015


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
Place Grid Ref Species Name Habitat
Mammals
Strathrory forestry track NH 6708 7746 Meles meles Badger Scat on road edge.  Not in pit.
Birds
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Hirundo rustica Swallow
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Troglodytes troglodytes Wren
Strathrory NH 67 77 Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit
Amphibians
Strathrory forestry track NH 4523 5802 Bufo bufo Common Toad Crossing road
Strathrory forestry track NH 452 580 Rana temporaria Common Frog
Insects
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
Arachnids
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.
Plants
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
Fungi
Strathrory forestry track NH 6707 7745 Melampsora larici-tremulae? Aspen rust fungus ? Aspen leaves

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Some photos from the day:

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Wet weather spider search
Aspen Leaf-Miner Damage
Badger poo on the track
Toad going nowhere on the track

Beached Pilot Whale – Tain Bay

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

A Long-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas) stranded and died in Tain Bay on the afternoon of 25 October 2014.

Click image to viewThe whale was not able to be refloated and sent back to deep water.  An autopsy will hopefully provide some indication of why this whale stranded and died.

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Garrick Wood, Early Morning Birdsong

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Early on Sunday morning, 28th April, Tain & District Field Club members ventured round Ballinger’s pond by the Garrick corner.

Ten members of the club set out at 6:30AM on a rather cold and damp morning to listen for spring birdsong in the Garrick wood.

We first visited the moth trap which Brian had set the evening before but in these conditions had only one moth, a Common Quaker.

The bird list was rather shorter than hoped for, but for most of the group the many willow warblers were the first we had heard this year.

Here are lists of some sightings:

Invertebrates
Oniscus asellus Common Shiny Woodlouse
Orthosia stabilis Common Quaker moth trap

Birds
Anser anser Greylag Goose
Phasianus colchicus Pheasant
Numenius arquata Curlew
Larus argentatus Herring Gull
Columba palumbus Woodpigeon
Corvus frugilegus Rook
Corvus corone corone Carrion Crow
Parus caeruleus Blue Tit
Parus ater Coal Tit
Parus major Great Tit
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler
Troglodytes troglodytes Wren
Turdus philomelos Song Thrush
Erithacus rubecula Robin
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch

Mammals
Vulpes vulpes Fox droppings
Capreolus capreolus Roe Deer
droppings

Some pictures of the morning out.

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