East Lothian sightings June 2016

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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby georgehogg » Mon 20 Jun 2016 00:55

Abbie specialises in the remarkable !
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby jpgn » Mon 20 Jun 2016 16:13

Quick visit to Luffness Links Quarry this afternoon produced a Ringlet, Small Copper, Green-veined White and 4+ Small Heaths.

Elsewhere, on a walk along the John Muir Way and across the golf courses, all I saw were a Small Copper and a (very fresh) Small Tortoiseshell.

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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 20 Jun 2016 18:59

IAC wrote:Hi Nick,
Small Skipper would be quite something on the 19th of June whilst Large Skipper have hardly started emerging. Check for possibility of that being Large Skipper!! If not a Large Skipper, then it is still very remarkable.

Iain.

The first Small Skipper last year was recorded on 28th June four days after the first Ringlet. I will ask Abbie about the possibility of a Large Skipper, although I am very confident of her ID skills. If it had been a Large Skipper it would be a very long way from any previous records.
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby IAC » Mon 20 Jun 2016 19:05

Hi Nick,
Not everything is late everywhere I know...but the east coast has some very peculiar peculiarities just now. Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell still flying? Large Skipper a fortnight late? NBA on the coast at least 3 weeks late? Wall Brown still flying? Fresh Small Coppers today? And well...it would be good to double check the chance of the Large Skipper...it is a long way from Bilsdean...but..well...it would be nice either way.

Iain.
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 20 Jun 2016 19:17

It has been a strange year. It seems that the east coast has suffered from particularly miserable weather this year with all of these north-east winds. That has probably delayed some species and prolonged the life of Peacocks and Tortoiseshells. Wow, is that the first flight of Wall Browns over? I haven't seen one yet!!
I am hoping to head down to Burnmouth this week, so it will be interesting to see what is flying there.
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby georgehogg » Sun 26 Jun 2016 00:32

Thursday saw my first transect of 2016, along the 'moat' behind Torness seawall.
Beautiful warm day.
40 Small Heath
12 Common Blue
9 Cinnabar
1 GV White
1 Ringlet
11 Yellow Shell moths
1 Large Yellow Underwing

Numbers may be down a bit but I was a week later than usual so don't know if I missed peak flight for small heath or if early spring did for them.( before we got into the long hot spell ).
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby georgehogg » Sun 26 Jun 2016 16:34

Back at Torness Saturday and Sunday doing botany stuff.
Took the chance for a quick check of Dunglass Large Skippers
See pic here....
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Sun 26 Jun 2016 22:27

Good to hear you have found Large Skippers George. I can't imagine where there is birch encroachment on the East Lothian side. How many did you see?
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby georgehogg » Sun 26 Jun 2016 23:17

Only saw two but was only there for ten minutes to see if they were still there.
Erratum..this was on the southern end of the bridge over Dunglass dean so probably not East Lothian ?
Where are they on the northern side ?
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Re: East Lothian sightings June 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 27 Jun 2016 00:01

Hi George,
The only one I have seen in East Lothian was in the grassy bit next to the A1 just up from the picnic benches and toilet block. You can pull in there and don't have to walk any distance. I can't remember who it was, but someone saw one at the coast, down from the waterfall at Bilsdean, too.
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