365 Nature – Day 214

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The sun was shining in the morning and we had our most moths yet. There were about half dozen different moths including two Garden Tigers. The Swallow was still inside the shed flying up against the window and in the morning I opened the big doors just a little bit, hoping the swallow could get out. The adult kept visiting it and I could see two at the window at times. Other times they would sit on a rope or wire...

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365 Nature – Day 213

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. In the morning we had a few moths again, this time a bright yellowish one that I think was a Brimstone Moth. The next time we visit somewhere I’m going to have to figure out a way to attract more moths. We finally made our way up a mountain today, but first we wanted to take a short walk. In Cairngorm National Park is Glenmore Forest Park and one of the destinations is the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail in Feshiebridge. We...

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365 Nature – Day 212

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We had a little bit of a different adventure than we had planned after I looked closely at a spot under my four-year-old’s lower eyelid and discovered a tick stuck tight in the morning. It must have been picked up the previous afternoon as we walked through the tall grasses in the marsh. When she saw me coming with the tweezers, she went hysterical and we were eventually left with no option but to get her to a doctor. Naturally, as...

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365 Nature – Day 211

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We returned to the Insh Marsh reserve to walk the other half of the trails we didn’t get to on Day 208 this morning, the Tromie Meadow trail. The weather was the same as it’s been all week, cloudy with breaks of sun, somewhere in the 50’s and no rain. The path quickly led us into a large heath landscape that will likely be stunningly beautiful in a couple of weeks when the purple buds open into flowers. Today it...

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365 Nature – Day 210

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. First thing this morning I checked the porch light for moths and wasn’t disappointed. There was another Garden Tiger moth, but I found three other different species as well. One I believe was a Silver-ground Carpet and the other I haven’t figured out yet. The final moth was beautifully marked and I think it was a Swallow Prominent moth. A visit to the RSPB Reserve Loch Garten was our destination in the morning. There is also an Osprey Centre and when...

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365 Nature – Day 209

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There were more moths at the porch light in the morning including another Garden Tiger and one that I think may a Scarce Silver Y. We decided on a day trip and headed north to Spey Bay on the Moray Firth. Our destination was the Scotland Dolphin Centre where we hoped to see some marine animals. We arrived and first visited the building containing a shop and small display of animal skulls and other artifacts. Then we headed to the beach to...

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