Monday 25 July 2011

Flora and Fauna at Killinallan 25th July 2011

Six of us enjoyed our ramble at Killinallan this afternoon. What the bird list lacked in quantity, it gained in quality. I was delighted to see so many butterflies around and thrilled with our flower list - the highlight being the Marsh Helleborine, which is flourishing this year, along with all the other orchid species on Islay it seems. So encouraging to see. Thank you to all for making it such an enjoyable ramble.

Whinchat, Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Oystercatcher, Starling, Eider

Meadow Grasshopper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Carder Bee, Highland Darter (f), Spider sp

Xanthoria parietina, Lecanora gangloides, Ramalina sp., Puffball, Shaggy Ink Cap

Grey Seal

Daisy, Meadow Buttercup, Grass of Parnassus, Black Bog Rush, Self-heal, Cross-leaved heath, Heath Milkwort, Bog Asphodel, Bog Myrtle, Tormentil, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lesser Spearwort, Cat's-ear, Mouse-ear sp., Eyebright, Spear Thistle, Marsh Thistle, Creeping Thistle, Lady's Bedstraw, White Clover, Red Clover, Bracken, Wild Thyme, Marsh Pennywort, Silverweed, Lesser Meadow Rue, Pyramidal Orchid, Northern Marsh Orchid, Marsh Helleborine, Common Twayblade, Frog Orchid, Autumn Gentian, Purple Loosestrife, Forget-me-not sp., Cuckoo Flower, Marsh Marigold (leaves), Ragged Robin, Iris (leaves), Common Sorrel, Dock sp., Meadowsweet, Yorkshire Fog, Common Rush, Jointed Rush, Sweet Vernal Grass, Lesser Sea Spurrey, Thrift (only just), Harebell, Tufted Vetch, Pignut, Sea Milkwort, Fairy Flax, Water Mint, Hawkweed sp., Marram Grass, Goat Willow, Marsh Bedstraw, Yarrow, Common Scurvy Grass, Ray's Knotgrass, Black Knapweed, Devil's-bit Scabious

Autumn Gentian - Gentianella amarella

Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascourum

Female Highland Darter - Sympetrum nigrescens

Marsh Helleborine - Epipactis palustris

Killinallan ramblers - whatever are we so absorbed in looking at?

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