Sunday, 15 August 2010
Rare moth maybe
I'm not sure what this is but if it is either large or Feathered Ranunculus or Black Banded it would be a first for Orkney. I'm probably making an elementary mistake but .... and I was, the orange dots as Stewart has pointed out are mites, still trying to ID this.
Also this which all I can think is that it is some strangely coloured July Highflyer? Help please. Manchester Treble-bar - thanks Stewart.+
Viewing The Shunan from the garden I didn't actually go down there as it looked rather quiet and I had a raised bed to construct. The midges made a meal of me but the morning was enlivend by the moths. Willow Warbler called briefly, and was glimpsed and there was a little mepit vismig with a Reed Bunting brought down by late morning rain.
In the afternoon we went to Yesnaby where I had a brief but clear view of a Minke Whale quite close inshore and I photographed a Bonxie.