East Lothian Sightings May 2016

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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 09 May 2016 22:25

Wow, fantastic. Well done Will. :D
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby georgehogg » Tue 10 May 2016 18:25

A tatty Speckled Wood at Whisky Bottle Res. below North Berwick Law this afternoon.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby georgehogg » Tue 10 May 2016 18:53

Meant to say there was also a Red Admiral at Whisky Bottle..an overwintered one? :?:
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby georgehogg » Wed 11 May 2016 20:28

Will , You caused a veritable butterfly twitch at Saltoun this afternoon !
The Hairstreaks and Tiger Beetles were posing wonderfully.
Many thanks
George :D
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 11 May 2016 21:12

Glad you found them George.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby IAC » Thu 12 May 2016 08:21

georgehogg wrote:Meant to say there was also a Red Admiral at Whisky Bottle..an overwintered one?


Aye George..I found a few Red Admiral just a few days ago on the coast at Burnmouth looking pretty fresh for overwinters and I thought possibly migrants on those easterlies. I was further convinced seeing my first Silver Y moth inbetween the Red Admiral sightings. A pal of mine spotted another on the same day a little further south, and then Ron McBeath reported another at Lamberton...so ....could be migratory rather than overwintered, then again, last year I know East Lothian in particular had large numbers of Red Admiral through August and chances are that a good few survived overwinter, in fact a few were spotted earlier in the season up that way.

Well done finding the Green Hairstreak...Was that your first encounter with the species George?

Iain.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby wgell » Thu 12 May 2016 18:37

georgehogg wrote:Will , You caused a veritable butterfly twitch at Saltoun this afternoon !
The Hairstreaks and Tiger Beetles were posing wonderfully.
Many thanks
George :D


Glad you saw them George. Wish I'd been there to see the twitch! :) I'll be visiting again at the weekend weather permitting. Let's hope they stay there for years to come but it worries me that their habitat there may not be sustainable or could be destroyed as Saltoun is a working wood and no reserve! :/ That track is a particularly good hotspot for butterflies of various species so it will be a shame when the young firs etc grow and alter the habitat.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby georgehogg » Thu 12 May 2016 20:05

A mint fresh Wall at Torness seawall this morning , west end.
Other spring species responding well to this sunny period.
Almost frightened to mention it in case this is our summer !
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby wgell » Sat 14 May 2016 19:22

Another visit to Saltoun Wood today. Lots of Orange Tips and Peacocks about and I saw my first Red Admiral of the year. Still no Small Coppers to be seen though.. :/

The Green Hairstreaks were there doing their thing again although I had to hang around a bit to see them today. Couple of pics below and I also managed a little footage on my phone. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/29852713/GreenHairstreak.wmv
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Re: East Lothian Sightings May 2016

Postby jpgn » Sun 15 May 2016 11:51

Small Copper just below the 'summit' of Gullane Hill at 09:10 - enjoying the sunshine on a patch of bare earth. Couple of Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells also seen in the area. Plenty of Orange-tips along the A198 towards Aberlady and Craigielaw Strip/Harestanes Wood was full of Speckled Woods. Glorious morning!

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