Pine Loopers and Caper Chicks

Loch Roid looking north towards Deshar School

Daytime flying moths have been seen in abundance especially along the forest rides. The bordered white moth is also known as the Pine Looper of which the larvae can cause damage to the Pines. They also are a tasty snack for some species of birds such as the flycatcher.

'The Pine Looper'

Pine Looper Moth

These moths keep their wings closed when landed so itsdifficult to see the black and white on the upper wing sides.

One of the 3 common native heather species have begun flowering recently. The crossed leaf heather is one that grows in wet areas and can be easily mistaken for bell heather which likes dry ground. The common Ling heather usually flowers around the first two weeks of August.

 

 

 

Cross Leaved Heather

Another brief sighting of a Capercaillie Hen with 2 chicks this week gives me hope that we have another brood or my first brood has lost 2 chicks,either way its good to know that these special creatures are benefitting with the great habitat and food(pine looper caterpillars).

If disturbed the Capercaillie Hen will try and lure you away from the chicks by zig zagging and spreading her wings to imitate covering her chicks and I think to make herself look bigger.

Meanwhile the chick will often fly(if they can)to a high point for saftey.

You can see from the video and the photo how well camouflaged these birds are.

Capercaillie Chick safe up a Scots Pine Tree

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