Saturday, 30 June 2007

Auchalton Meadow/Gailes Marsh

An interesting visit to the SWT reserves at Auchalton and Gailes produced the following:

Small Tortoiseshell (1)
Ringlet (41)
Small Heath (1)
Chimney Sweeper (43)
Silver-ground Carpet (5)
Cream Wave (1)
Straw Dot (3)

Small Tortoiseshell (1)
Ringlet (7)
Meadow Brown (19)
Dark Green Fritillary (1)
Common Blue (11)
Small Heath (1)
Latticed Heath (1)
Cream Wave (4)
July Belle (1)
Cinnabar (2)
Straw Dot (1)
Silver Y (1)

Also at Gailes were a few Blue-tailed, Common Blue and Emerald damselflies and Common Darter dragonflies.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Southannan Sands

Still very little flying in the north of the county.

Common Blue (4)
Grayling (5)
Meadow Brown (2)
Six-spot Burnet (1)

Monday, 25 June 2007

Coastal Walk: Currarie > Ballantrae

Saturday was much better, on the coast at least, and continuing evidence of the Painted Lady invasion suggests that this year may even top the all time biggest year of 1996. At least 49 were counted on the coast south of Ballantrae, without any systematic counting or coverage. More signs of the advanced spring were realised today with multiple sightings of new generation Small Tortoiseshell. I’ve never seen Small Torts emerge in June in Ayrshire – its usually mid to late July before they are expected. Currarie Port and Donald Bowie had at least 23 Grayling and 2 Dark Green Fritillaries and, unusually, a Large Heath which had probably wandered down Shallochwreck Burn from suitable habitat on Penderry Hill. Pinbain Burn didn’t disappoint with at least eight Northern Brown Argus, 23 Graylings, six Large Skippers, six Painted Ladies, as well as the odd Dark Green Frit, Ringlet, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Common Blue.

On Sunday it was back to rain around my intended sites. Only Barony Pit provided some butterflies with 67 Ringlets (they don’t mind light rain), 14 Meadow Browns and a few Grayling, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Common Blue. Now that I’m bank in London, I’ve heard the weather is better!

Friday, 22 June 2007

North Ayrshire

I seemed to be all over the north of the county today, but again disappointing numbers of leps on the wing.

Rashley, near Ardrossan
Peacock (1)

Southannan Sands
Meadow Brown (2)
Grayling (1)
Painted Lady (2)
Small Tortoiseshell (1)
Common Blue (1)

Outerwards Bridge
Painted Lady (1)

Castle Hill/Tourgill
Chimney Sweeper (1)

Blue Stones (near Hunterston PS Pier)
Painted Lady (1)
Chimney Sweeper (1)

Azure Hawker Search

Back up in Ayrshire this weekend, my main aim was to try and locate Azure Hawker in the county. Angus reckoned he saw one about two weeks ago in the extreme south of the county close to Dumfries & Galloway border and, in fact, not too far away from the well known site at Silver Flowe. Friday’s weather put paid to this idea with the vast quantities of rain falling inland, combined with thunder, lightening and even the odd tornado. The sun did appear in the Loch Doon area at either end of the day, providing 22 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and 12 Large Skippers at one site in Bellsbank Plantation and 10 Large Heath amongst 40+ Small Heath on a bog site near Loch Bradan.

Monday, 18 June 2007

Hunterston area

8 Grass Rivulets along the shore path from Hunterston to Portencross.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Hunterston area

While helping to float a platform at Hunterston Lagoon, a few butterflies were noted, although nowhere near as many as expected giving the excellent conditions.

Painted Lady (5)
Red Admiral (1)
Small Heath (1)
Green-veined White (1)

Also at Hunterston Sands later in the day were a single Meadow Brown and 5 Green-veined Whites

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Hunterston area

A wander around the patch produced the following:

Marine Construction Yard
Painted Lady (5)
Peacock (1)
Yellow Shell (1)

all on the access road at NS189523

Hunterston Power Station
Painted Lady (7)

Constructors' Car Park
Painted Lady (1)

Friday, 8 June 2007

Tarryholm, Irvine

A walk around the main pond at Tarryholm produced singles of Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Cinnabar, Four-spotted Chaser and Emerald damselfly alongside many Large Red, Common Blue and Azure damselflies.