April on the Isle of Skye


7 April 2012 . . . . Kinloch woods . . . . more spring flowers and also heard a Twite singing.
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Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)


11 April 2012 . . . . Lousewort, Lady's Smock and Marsh Marigold are all in flower.


12 April 2012 . . . . Walking from Kilmarie to Elgol.

Prunus sp. (Cherry)

Oxalis acetosella (Wood Sorrel)


16 April 2012 . . . . Ben Tianavaig . . . . Out with the U3A Nature Group. The highlight of the day was watching a Sea Eagle being mobbed by a Golden Eagle.


17 April 2012


Near Torrin


My first orchid of the year:


Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid)

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18 April 2012 . . . . Back to Kinloch this morning, and the Willow Warblers have arrived in force. Theirs is now the dominant voice in the woods.
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Willow Warbler


18 April 2012


At Harrapool, by the main road.


Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)
feeding on Geum rivale (Water Avens).

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19 April 2012 . . . . A flower hunt on Blaven.
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Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage) Sedum rosea (Roseroot)


20 April 2012 . . . . First visit of the year to Elgol.
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Armeria maritima (Thrift)

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Cochlearia officinalis (Common Scurvygrass)

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Conochephalum conicum (Great Scented Liverwort)


21 April 2012 . . . . Walking the dog on the outskirts of Broadford this morning, I heard a Stonechat and a Grasshopper Warbler.
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Stonechat


23 April 2012 . . . . Camas Malag . . . . a pair of Shelduck
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Shelduck


25 April 2012 . . . . Harrapool
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Swallow


27 April 2012 . . . . At the head of Loch Ainort
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Sand Martin


27 April 2012 . . . . On the outskirts of Broadford
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Arctia caja (caterpillar of the Garden Tiger moth, usually found in May and June)


28 April 2012 . . . . Kinloch . . . . We've lost the cold north wind today and the butterflies have responded. Saw a Grein-veined White, an Orange Tip and several Speckled Woods.
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Speckled Wood



29 April 2012 . . . . Heard my first Cuckoo of the year on the outskirts of Broadford and found a specimen of Bitter Vetch at Kinloch.
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Lathyrus linifolius (Bitter Vetch)