Saturday, 3 April 2010

Kilpatrick Hills, West Dunbartonshire

Just a short walk today: from Duntocher to Little Round Top and then the Slacks. The increase in birdsong is becoming very evident!

The recently revamped RSPB website has sound clips for most species, very handy!

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

At Little Round Top I found a dead Roe Deer, everything but the legs had been picked clean:

The snow has almost completely melted in the Kilpatrick Hills but the higher Campsie fells, to the East, are still very white:

Campsie fells from the Slacks

Stag's Horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

Stag's Horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) is purported to have various medicinal properties such as being analgesic (pain-relieving) and antirheumatic. However, this plant is known to contain the toxic compounds lycopodine (which paralyses motor nerves) and clavatine.

Its scientific name means 'Wolf-foot club-shaped'(Lyco = wolf + podium = foot, clavatum = club-shaped).

Drinker moth (Euthrix potatoria) larva

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