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Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

Several of these birds were seen in flight and perching on the rocky cliff ledges.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

Seen along the boardwalk trail on central part of the island.

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Fungi

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Lichen Kingdom Fungi

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

This specimen was seen growing on rock not too far from the coastline. The subject of this observation is the golden coloured lichen of wreath like shape.

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Marsh Thistle (Cirsium palustre) Cirsium palustre

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

Many of this species of thistle were seen in coastal locations of the southern part of the iland.

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Ragwort Jacobaea vulgaris

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

This was one of many ragworts seen in pathways along the southern coastline

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skuas Genus Stercorarius

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

This skua was one of numerous skuas spotted in open country on the central part of the island on this sunny afternoon.

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Black Slug Arion ater

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Description

Seen on an upland part of the island.

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Razor Clam Ensis directus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Durness (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in the intertidal zone at near low tide.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Durness (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen growing in the coastal zone near the strand.

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Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

This bird was outnumbered by the hordes of seabirds at this remote coastal location.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

A number of these lichens were seen growing upon rocks atop the high cliffs.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Many of these large tufts were seen atop the coastal blufftops on this misty day. Most specimens were somewhat spent as to their bloom.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Seen growing in moderate numbers high on the coastal clifftop.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

This narrow thistle was seen in abundance on the blufftop.

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Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Considerable numbers of this species were seen in nesting colonies on the sheer rocky cliffs.

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tussock cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Numerous individuals of this cottongrass were seemesic blufftop areas.

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Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Seen on a grassy coastal bluff.

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common silverweed Potentilla anserina ssp. anserina

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 20, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom along the blufftop.

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Lion's Mane Jellyfish Cyanea capillata

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

durness (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen washed up in the intertidal zone at near low tide. This individual measures about 28 cm across.

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Kittiwakes Genus Rissa

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

Seen along the rocky cliffs north of mouth of the Cromarty Firth.

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Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

Numerous of these seabirds were seen along the rocky shoreline immediately south of the mouth of the Cromarty Firth.

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Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

Seen in a water depth of about five fathoms, observed from the platform of a small sport boat. Adults can weigh up to 400 kg.

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Larus argentatus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

This gull was seen atop a vehicle in the streets of Cromarty, near the wharf.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

Seen on the sandy pebbly backshore

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 19, 2014

Description

Seen on the backshore north of Invergordon

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Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 17, 2014

Place

Stonehaven (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen perched on my nut feeder.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 17, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom in a weedy area.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 17, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom

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Sycamore Maple Acer pseudoplatanus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

July 17, 2014

Description

Seen growing with other native broadleaf trees.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

July 17, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom, this small plant was only about sixteen cm high.

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