During our week on mainland Scotland, staying in a cottage near Aberfeldy in Perthshire, there were a few other wildlife highlights besides the Spotted Flycatcher pellet and the various damsels and dragons.
Spoiler Alert: For any arachnophobes, there's a spider at the end :o(
This Welsh Poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, in the garden of Cluny House near Aberfeldy, had two wee visitors.
Also at Cluny House, we saw a Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, collecting moss for its drey.
It athletically moved from branch to branch, gathering a larger and larger bundle, until...
it performed a hasty dismount and was marked down for style by the Chinese judge.
Whilst in the hills above the village of Dull (yes, really), we found a Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly, Boloria euphrosyne, and...
a day-flying moth, the Speckled Yellow, Pseudopanthera macularia.
At the rented cottage, there was a regular visitor to the satellite dish, Antenna rustii, just outside our bedroom window, a Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica. Whilst this shot was taken late afternoon, he also visited every morning at 03.30, to treat us to his version of the dawn chorus, possibly the longest that I've ever heard a Swallow sing.
In the Beech-lined valley of the Birks of Aberfeldy, some of the hillside was carpeted with Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus...
and the occasional Chickweed Wintergreen, Trientalis europaea.
In between my odo-loco moments at Keltneyburn reserve, I spotted a Silver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata montanata.
And also some Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum.
Lastly, and most definitely not least, this Raft Spider, Dolomedes fimbriatus, was seen in a bog pool at Garten, possibly feeding on a diving beetle.