This is a rare sight at Treshnish but one was also seen on the 21st of this month from Treshnish Point! My only definite sighting was at Treshnish Point on May 31st 2008 and guests saw 1 the next day on 1st June 2008 (note similar dates to this year!). Other guests saw 1 on 14th of August 2008 and I had a brief sighting of what was probably this species two weeks later on 29th August 2008. Looking through my old logs I also see that guests saw a Minke Whale sometime between 3rd and 17th of June 2006.
Northern Marsh-orchid was just about to flower beside East cottage, and Greater Butterfly-orchids are practically flowering below Toechtamhor cottage, Haunn. Rhubarb which has probably been there since the time of the crofters, is flowering to east of East cottage, Haunn.
At Loch Frisa fish-farm there was a Spotted Flycatcher (NM4751/NM45Q) and 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Greylag Geese (NM4651/NM45Q). Over the Loch (NM4849/NM45Z) 2 Red-throated Divers circled upwards when after attaining a great height they flew to the north.
Last night was a good night for moth trapping (27 species) the best for me was a new one for Treshnish, a Beautiful Brocade,although Tom Prescott and I caught this moth at Croig. The most exotic was this Elephant Hawkmoth.This looks incredibly like one of the post WW2 fighter planes.And this Buff-tip would pass as a piece of birch to any but the eagle eyed.And this Silver Y is a migrant
Marsh Thistle was about to flower by Ensay Burn cattle-grid and Common Mouse-ear was flowering at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
I went looking to see if Common Cow-wheat was flowering yet, it isn't but close by I found a new tree with Hazel Gloves, only about 150m from our house and I though this might be the rare lichen Arthothelium macounii. but it turns out to probably be Pyrenula
laevigata (Andy Acton in litt.), so I will have to keep looking.
Common Mouse-ear was flowering at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and Marsh Thistle was flowering by Ensay Burn cattle-grid.
On the 19th in the evening, both male Corncrakes were calling although the one at Treshnish had moved (from NM349486) a little to the east so it was just below Duill cottage (NM350487). At least 1 Grasshopper Warbler was singing at the same spot as the Corncrake below Duill (NM350487) although none were heard at Haunn. A male Reed Bunting and, as usual, Snipe were drumming and calling below Haunn cottages, 2 Greylag Geese were at Ensay Burn mouth and at least 2 Lesser Redpoll were at Treshnish boathouse.
I knew they bred here because they were present throughout year of 2008 (they were absent in 2009). Probable breeding and definite breeding will be shown differently on the new British atlas, so I was glad to get confirmation.