The Hebrew Character moth Orthosia gothica gets its name from its dark saddle-shaped mark, which resembles the Hebrew letter, ‘Nun’. Flying late in the night, during April to early June, it feeds on sallow catkins. It is very common throughout Britain and Europe and some years ago, about forty were caught in a small light-trap at Little Assynt on the same night.
These three moths were light-trapped recently, in Torbreck, near Lochinver and show how the species may vary in appearance. The moth on the left, with the saddle mark the same shade as the ground colour, is the form which occurs as a small percentage of the population on moorland, here in Northern Scotland. The moth in the centre represents the most common form seen in this area.
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Eleven birds feeding on margins of frozen Loch an Aigeil (AS) (22/01)
Flock of 29 feeding on Stoer Green (AS) (21/01)
c20 birds on garden trees, Drumbeg (Nancy Millar) (17/01)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Two separate reports of birds using peanut and fat ball feeders in gardens at almost opposite ends of Assynt.
Single bird on peanut feeder, Elphin (Rosie Christmas)
Single bird on fat ball feeder, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/01)
26 birds at Split Rock, Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)
Small flock of 20 at Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)
Single bird foraging under garden feeders, Torbreck (Jack Wright) (14/01)
Three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). At least one of these birds was singing. (12/01)