Monday, July 31, 2006


Another hour's seawatch this evening, but to be honest, a bit dull. Oh to be in Ireland!

With my keen birdspotting eye, I spied 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Common Terns, 17 Arctic Terns, 14 Sandwich Terns 4 Common Scoters, and the usual Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, in small numbers. A few Puffins around still.

And 3 Common Gulls, which is more like the normal sorts of level I wouldn't mention. Dunno what was happening yesterday.

This is gross. Lizzie had some Large White (butterfly) caterpillars in her bedroom, trying to make them into butterflies (just add cabbages and bake at room temperature for 2 weeks). Instead, they exploded Alien0style and spewed out larvae of a parasitic wasp - all of them now. I tried to explain to Lizzie that the caterpillars don't mind, and it's kind of like being tickled, but not sure she believes me.

It was bug of the month in September 05 - see Bug_&_Pest_Info/Bug_Of_Month/BOM_Sept05_BraconidWasps.pdf

Must be true... you couldn't make this up.

Anyway, we're off to Aviemore until Friday. Will let you know if we see any birds (apparently there are some).


Harry said...

Shame you (or I) weren't at Brandon Head at around 10.30am yesterday morning (regarding seawatching), though I have managed to miss a passing individual of that species from that headland before....

Martin said...

it'll be all the sweeter when it finally gives itself up.

Harry said...

Damn right it will, it might be a very emotional moment yet! Hope it happens this year, mind!