I hadn't planned to go far today with an afternoon earmarked for lawn cutting and a spot of gardening. However, by around 1pm the temperature had risen to 22C and the breeze had dropped, (quite a rarity around here currently) so like the breeze, I dropped everything and headed off to the Muir Of Dinnet NNR for a few hours.
|Part of the Boardwalk at Muir of Dinnet NNR|
This is now a recognised key site for Northern Damselfly and I've actually visited a few times over the last month in search but without success. Today was no exception, having spent another hour along the boardwalk the best I could manage was a dozen Large Red Damselfly, two Common Blue Damselfly and ten Four-spotted Chaser.
|A couple of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries on Bell Heather|
I did fair much better with Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, another one of my targets for the day. There were a few on the wing that simply wouldn't land, but I finally managed to come across at least four resting and feeding on the Bell Heather and looking pretty fresh too.
|Clouded Buff Moth|
Another bonus of my visit was my first Clouded Buff Moth for Scotland, in fact, I'll have to check my records as it could actually be a lifer! Birding highlights were a couple of Cuckoo and singing Tree Pipits.
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