Monday, May 30, 2005
Coldstream and Ockle
The number of Cuckoos in the area was remarkable and as a result they were very vocal and there was a lot of chasing accompanied by low growling notes as well as more familiar cuckoo noises. Many seabirds on the Sound, some (mainly auks) in rafts and a couple of Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Later at Kilmory a couple of Arctic Terns were feeding and 16 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper joined the more regular Oystercatchers.
Took a walk along to Ockle and the waterfall there, where Mother Shipton (Callistege mi) and Small Purple-barred (Phytometra viridaria) moths were the highlights. Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria) larvae and the unidentified cocoon shown below were quite easy to find in the area and the Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea) and Garden Chafers (Phyllopertha horticola) numerous in places.
Small Purple-barred (Phytometra viridaria)
Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea)
Garden Chafer (Phyllopertha horticola)
Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata)