As it was a special occasion, I had not brought any bins or optics with me (as bitter experience has shown that these items tend to impact negatively on the ambience of the moment). This was a shame, because they would've been really handy in helping to identify this...
The small white dot was a long way off, and the only thing I could think it might be was an egret of some sort. Gauging size over the distance was impossible, so Little, Cattle or Great White? Who knew? I embarrassed myself on social media by suggesting these options, only to be reminded that there was still a Spoonbill in the area from the previous week. Oops.
And once again, my phone wasn't really up to the job of capturing an image of a mobile insect. This is a Great Yellow Bumblebee on a patch of Thrift.
Happily, Spring Squill doesn't move around as much as your average bee, so the above shot is rather better focused.
We returned home, to discover that the haar had burnt off, leaving a gorgeously sunny afternoon. Now equipped with a proper camera, I spent a pleasant half hour attempting to snap some of the insects visiting the blooms in our borders.
|Silver Y moth
|Hoverfly - still wrangling over the ID
The next day, we visited a plant nursery, so whilst Our Lass shopped for greenery, I monitored the amount of insect life to be seen. Unfortunately, the ID of this one remains a mystery.
After a pleasant lunch at a nearby tea room, we decamped to Inganess Bay, for another walk alongside Wideford Burn, because now several folk had managed to find damselflies at the location. Here, at last, I was able to begin my Orcadian flight season, with half a dozen Large Red Damselflies and a similar number of Blue-tailed. Oh joy unconfined!
|Large Red Damselfly
|A very immature Blue-tailed Damselfly