Monday, August 13, 2007

Purple Hairstreak in Currarie Glen

I had a BTO/SOC Atlas 2007-11 meeting in Stirling at the weekend which gave me another excuse to go to Ayrshire. Inland on Friday looked grey so Scotch Argus counts were abandoned and I checked the southern coastal areas around Lendalfoot and Ballantrae. I managed a record number of Wall Browns at Pinbain Burn with 35 counted along with 30+ Grayling. A Peacock here had a beak-shaped chunk of it's wing missing at the forewing eyespot. Further south conditions were less than ideal with wind and hazy sunshine providing only three Purple Hairstreaks on the scrubby, hillside-oaks along Shallochwreck Burn. I was looking for impressive numbers of Wall on Donald Bowie in light of the Pinbain situation, though just 23 were counted here along with 50+ Grayling. Distractions in the sea were some confiding Common and Grey Seals basking on the rocks against a backdrop of Ailsa Craig. Green-veined Whites were out in abundance in juncus marshes around Kilantringan Loch.

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