Walknotes Ardinning 2019-06-22
Lots of blue damselflies a couple of red ones. Plenty of dragonflies.
Small Heath butterflies.
A small pearl-bordered Fritillary.
A cuckoo calling.
The selfie stick useful for Fritillary.
Warm little breeze some clouds.
Up to Loch Humphrey. The usual route. Bright sunny, nice breeze.The hawthorn mostly out. St Marks flies lower down. Butterflies, peacocks, whites, orange tips and small coppers. A couple more to fast to recognise. A kestrel buzzed by swallows. Oak getting leaves at last.
Walk with Christine.
A cuckoo kept ahead of us on the way up to the dam. A one point going down into the grass and then onto a rock with a large wooly bear in its beak.
A dozen Red deer on the way up from the dam.
At around 11 am, rain expected turned out to be snow, a cold half an hour. Brightened up a little after that.
Total distance: 12.46 miles
time moving: 5:33’31”
total time: 6:24’10”
moving speed: 2.24 mph
total speed: 1.95 mph
lowest point: 78 ft
highest point: 2299 ft
elevation gain: 4113 ft
elevation loss: 4137 ft
Overtoun and Lang Craigs. Walked up to Black Linn this afternoon with Dorothy.
Bright day with clear skies and a lot of haze. Little or no breeze. Waerm, t-shit all the way.
The grass and heather on the hills has not started growing, very dry too, which make for easier walking.
Lots of wee birds singing in the woods at the start.
Stonechat and wheatear further up the path.
A common lizard on the way up Troisgeach.
Quite a few white feathers then a few ptarmigan neat the top of Troisgeach.
Pools were filled with frogs, croaking loudly and mating all over the moor .
Plenty of deer sign but no deer.
As I came off Meall an Fhudair what looked like a peregrine flew by.
As I got back to Troisgeach a couple of eagles circling and drifted off south.
Met the ptarmigan again.
Half way down Troisgeach I sat down an the two eagles appeared briefly over the ridge to my side. By the time I got over only one was in sight, being mobbed by a raven or crow. The size of the eagle compared to the mobber made me sure it was an eagle.
Interesting Ground Beetle. Carabus nitens perhaps on the track.
A few butterflies, peacocks and one orange tip near the bottom.
A minute later I heard the first cuckoo Of the year.
Had a great walk to Ben Oss Yesterday, more pictures and a map: