May on the Isle of Skye


5 May 2017 . . . . First Orange-tip of the year
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6 May 2017 . . . . Down at Skinadin with Bob McMillan this morning and we saw or heard Blackcap, Whitethroat and Lesser Redpoll, as well as the ubiquitous Willow Warblers.

Common Whitethroat
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Lesser Redpoll
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Blackcap
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6 May 2017 . . . . Later on I was at Tarskavaig with the Broadford Botany Group, and found two species new to me and new for the tetrad.

Cerastium diffusum (Sea Mouse-ear)
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Sagina subulata (Heath Pearlwort)


10 May 2017 . . . . Found two moths sat on the wall of the house this morning. Perhaps it was the full moon shining on it that attracted them.
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Striped Twin-spot Carpet
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Ruddy Highflyer


21 May 2017 . . . . The Broadford Botany Group had a wander around Lusa today. The square was already well recorded with almost 200 species, but we managed to add 10 more, including a common plant that I'd never actually recorded before: Sticky Mouse-ear.

Not a new record, but always nice to see was the Common Vetch. I think all ours are the subspecies nigra. It is heterophyllous - the lower leaves are different from the upper leaves.

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Cerastium glomeratum
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Vicia sativa nigra
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Vicia sativa nigra


22 May 2017 . . . . On our outing to Teangue last weekend, Tim spotted a few plants of the hybrid bluebell Hyacinthoides x massartiana. Today I spotted some more on the outskirts of Broadford.
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Hyacinthoides x massartiana


23 May 2017 . . . . I've seen most of the orchids that grow on Skye, but one I hadn't seen was the Narrow-leaved Helleborine. I put that right today, visiting two locations and finding a couple of plants at each.
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Cephalanthera longifolia
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Cephalanthera longifolia


24 May 2017 . . . . Around 40 moths of 16 different species in and around the trap this morning. Here are some of them.
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Nut-tree Tussock
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Early Tooth-striped
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Grey Pine Carpet
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Red Twin-spot Carpet
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Small Phoenix
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Knot-grass
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Brimstone
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Pale-shouldered Brocade
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Small Angle Shades
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Flame Carpet
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Ruddy Highflyer
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Scalloped Hazel


25 May 2017 . . . . Dalavil
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Mother Shipton (First record for Skye!)
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Barred Umber
There were quite a few Small Heath butterflies around and I also caught a brief glimpse of my first fritillary of the year:
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Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Saw three species of damselfly: Blue-tailed, Large Red and Beautiful Demoiselle and two species of dragonfly: Four-spotted Chaser and Keeled Skimmer.
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Four-spotted Chaser
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Blue-tailed Damselfly (immature male)
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Four-spotted Chaser
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Four-spotted Chaser
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Four-spotted Chaser
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Four-spotted Chaser