Bird's Eye View of Bute

The Marsh Fritillary

(1) Marsh Fritillary
(1) Marsh Fritillary
(2) Marsh Frit
(2) Marsh Frit
(3) Marsh Frit
(3) Marsh Frit
(4) Marsh Frit
(4) Marsh Frit
(5) Marsh Frit
(5) Marsh Frit
(6) Marsh Frit
(6) Marsh Frit
(7) Marsh Frit
(7) Marsh Frit
(8) Marsh Frit
(8) Marsh Frit

 

 

To the Readers of the Buteman, we have a problem!


As I write about birds, it does not matter when the Buteman uses them as birds are with us all the year round except for the migratory ones, but even then we do not have that long till they appear once more, but with images that I use for Island Life such as Butterflies, Damselflies, plus other wee bugs etc, which some have a very short life, in some cases, days only, so if I write to tell you when and where to find them, and the Buteman has to wait weeks and sometime months for a space to put the article into, then all of those that I write about will be gone, so you will be unable to seek and find,and by the time next year comes round you will have long forgotten what I had written about, so what do we do?

Well , now that the Buteman uses colour in all images, why not buy a photo album and cut out the images and put them into the album? The Birds at the start of the book, and all other, Butterflies etc at the finish.
These albums can cope with 200 images and have 'slip memo tabs' so that you can write the name of what the image is that I have written about

So! All my images are of what you will find on Bute, and if you buy books on all of the things that I write about, it will cost you a fortune, and will cover all of Britain, and which will contain an enormous amount of info that will be of no use to you, so my idea is the cheapest way to have an album, and is made by yourself, so think about it.


Norrie

 

 

Island Life.


13-06-2008. Third Colony of the Marsh Fritillary found..

Take the bus out to Killchattan Bay, then wander to GlenCallum Bay, while chasing Small Copper Butterflies that were not keen on my camera (or was it me that was putting them off?).

Eventually getting a few good shots if I moved very slowly. Carried on to Loch na Leighe and had lunch, whilst enjoying the view of the Lochan, with the House Martins chasing their, and their family's lunch , and a pair of Little Grebes with one diving into the murky depths in its quest for food, whilst the other one was in the nest protecting their eggs. Sexing them is well-nigh impossible as they are identical, and as their eggs are white, have got to be covered all the time, so the change over from one bird to another is done very quickly.

Lunch over, head uphill on the Land Rover track to the top, then down into the west end of Glen Callum, then uphill once more to the Suidhe Hill, then down to Kilchattan Bay once more,

Head up to the Kingarth and Kilchattan War Memorial and enter Scoulag Moor, then a short break at the Mountstuart reservoir to look for Dragon and Damselflies.

Carry on passing the three residences till I get to the West end of the Cnocnicoll Wood, and there on the path in front of me was a Butterfly that I had never seen before, then there was two, then three, then more, in fact I was right in the middle of what was to be the third colony of the Marsh Fritillary ever to be found on Bute although at that time I did not know that.

Well, photos galore was the action of that day, and I go plenty of good ones so, back home, connect camera to computer, download images, check Butterfly book and was delighted to see that they were not common on Bute, so I then send images to Glyn Collis for confirmation, and it soon came back, I had found a third colony of Marsh Fritillary Butterflies.

The first colony was at The North end of the Island, and the second at the South end, with mine being in between, and since then there have been another two sites at the West side of the Island, so they are doing well.

It is good to find something new as I search around Bute, but the weather has to be good as most of the things that I search for do not like the rain, and I agree with them.

Nothing worse that wandering up and down hills during our summer with our waterproofs on?

Norrie Mulholland

First Published in the Buteman 07-10-2011

 

 


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