Small Copper

Quite a lot of rain recently, but we had a dry hour or so, some sun a a fairly strong breeze.

A few blue damselflies and smallish red dragonflies along the path. Sheltered by the bracken which is starting to droop, lots of flowers go to seed. Scabious coming up strongly.


A few peacock butterflies on the knapweed, a small copper on the path, the odd painted lady and white but fewer than recently.

I love seeing wood pigeons flighting in the wind. The Black Linn was full of rain water.

We had a walk round Loch Ardinning reserve this morning.
Turned out warm, still and clear despite the forecast.

Grass drying from the rain, sparkling.

Fair number of butterflies around, Small Tortoiseshells, Ringlets, some Whites and a lot of Painted Ladies. One or two others I didn’t ID, including a duller red/brown one.

Plenty of blue damselflies and some small red dragonflies.

Saw one wee lizard wriggling away through the grass and one on the wall. The latter looked as if it was regrowing its tail.Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly View of campsies from Ardinning raindrops on grass Painted Lady Common Lizard basking on wall

Loch Humprey 2019-07-14
Warm. Sunny day, a welcome breeze in the moor.
Lots of folk out walking.
Lots of butterflies out too.
Ringlets every step of the way, a few small heaths, painted ladies, fritillaries and a couple of tortoiseshells.
Ravens croaking. Everything blooming.

Marsh Halk's Beard in woods

Ardinning 2019-07-08 late afternoon
Overcast a shower just stopped as we arrived. Warm & calm.
Meadow sweet & Valerian coming on strong.
Lots of ringlets
A pair of Great crested grebes on the loch.
Lots of spotted orchids and a couple of butterfly orchids( lesser or greater?) Butterfly Orchid

A favourite walk.
A mix of cloud and sun, with a nice breeze. Shirtsleeves all day.
The climb up Troisgeach was enlivened by the many tiny wildflowers around the burn. Mostly bedstraw and tormentil, but patches of thyme, butterwort, gentian and others. Reminds me of Scotland small? .
Lots of small heath butterflies and a few fritillaries on the way back down when the sun came out. The pools that wee full of frogs the last time are now full of fat tadpoles.

Found a nice 6 pointed deer horn on Troisgeach.
A few stags in velvet between Troisgeach & Meall an Fhudair.

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Frog in the Grass
Frog in the Grass
Ben Oss behind Bog Cotton
Ben Oss behind Bog Cotton
Fox Moth
Fox Moth