Monday, 23 June 2014


One week remaining in June before firing up the engines for the new vismig season!


Not much happening in the Divit birdwise - a few post-breeding returners possibly. Flowers are nice with Stinking Iris and Perforate St.John's Wort in flower

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

3-spined Stickleback

In Prestonhill Quarry, a male Stickleback tends to the eggs. There was a shoal of small fish close by which I thought were Minnows maybe, but they wer too fast to photograph and too much in the murk to see clearly

Friday, 6 June 2014

Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella are also known as "brittlestems", which is very apt as this mushroom literally fell apart on being handled if not careful. Both cap and stipe broke very easily.

Nichol genus key
Spores very dk brown/purple/black
Cap scaly? n
Cap pleated? n
Gills decurrent? n
Stipe ring? n
Cap ylw-brwn? n
Small, conical? n
Brittle stalk, stipe silver/white? Yes!
-> Psathyrella

Cap 2-6cm, bell-shaped becoming flattened, pale ochreous-brown drying near white
Stem 40-80x4-8mm, white, fragile, hollow
Flesh: white. thin
Smell: not distinctive
Gills: adnate, crowded, greyish lilcac darkening to dark brown
Spores: 6-8x3.5-4um, elliptical/ovate, print dark brown/purple
Very common


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Divitwatch changing course

 In line with Cataloguing Cullaloe Divitwatch will now become the place where all things Divit are placed (including potentially Carlingnose). There are some interestnig things there which I don't see elsewhere, so I will begin to place them here. To start with a couple of nice wildflowers that I haven't seen elsewhere - Columbine and Weld. Sweet Cicely is already in see - I didn't even see it in flower!

Mown grass around the harbour


Sweet Cicely