East Lothian Sightings July 2016

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby georgehogg » Wed 13 Jul 2016 19:34

Jings Jim,Thats a great score for such a wee site.
Hoping for similar luck tomorrow at Torness and may be passing your quarry on Friday.
(John has another name for that quarry which I forget right now )
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby wgell » Thu 14 Jul 2016 19:36

Walked twice around Saltoun Wood today. Once under clouds and then round again when the sun came out!

Couple of Small Skippers, a DG Frit, zillions of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Also came across a spot with numerous Common Blues both male and female.

Dragonflies and Damsels out in force too.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby IAC » Thu 14 Jul 2016 23:02

Hi Will,
Outstanding finds and photos.

Iain
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby briart » Sat 16 Jul 2016 19:38

I agree fab photos really beautiful.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby jpgn » Tue 19 Jul 2016 16:37

Following a tip-off from Abbie I headed to the Meadowmill Pyramid (aka Battle of Prestonpans Viewpoint) this afternoon and was rewarded with loads of Graylings all over the place - including one briefly resting in a pine tree at the bottom of the N face of the pyramid. Never seen them landing on anything other than the ground...

A few Common Blues, Meadow Browns and Burnet Moths also seen, as well as a Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White.

Saw more butterflies (maybe 10) during my postie round in Londniddry this morning as I've seen in the last 4 weeks put together. Some whites, a couple of Speckled Woods and a Small Tort.

Jim
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby wgell » Tue 19 Jul 2016 20:26

Must pay a visit to the pyramid at Meadowmill. I've only seen Graylings once down at St Abbs.

Yesterday I was at Barns Ness in the afternoon. Lots of Blues and Small Heaths as well as the usual gangs of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. All very active and not in any mood for photos although it was way too windy anyway.

Today I was up at Saltoun Wood. So hot and humid it felt like the tropics! Other than ten Small Skippers though there was surprisingly little about other than Ringlets, Meadow Browns, a few Blues, a DG Frit and a couple of GV Whites. The Small Skippers were out in force but highly active in the heat so no photos.

Lots of Dragonfly activity though and spotted lots of emerging youngsters escaping their exuviae which I haven't seen before.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby Dennis » Thu 21 Jul 2016 22:10

I had my first Small Skippers in Lothian on Monday (18th) at the quarry just before Gullane and there in good numbers. Also Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritilaries, Common Blues, Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Small Heaths, Green-veined Whites and a lone Painted Lady.

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby Dennis » Thu 21 Jul 2016 22:18

Tuesday 19th, I got a tip that there were Graylings on the grassy pyramid at Meadowmill so I went along and found them in abundance. Pretty hard to photograph and these took me a few hours but it was well worth it. Also present were Common Blues, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby wgell » Sun 24 Jul 2016 16:14

Quick walk with Archie the Dug around Saltoun Wood this morning. Calm, humid and overcast. Plenty Ringlets and Meadow Browns about and the Small Skippers were out in numbers again. Also some 5 Spot Burnets.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby georgehogg » Mon 25 Jul 2016 09:54

For any beginners following this site it is worth pointing out we have Narrow Bordered Five Spot Burrnet in Scotland but not Five Spot Burnet which is a southern species.
Sorry for being an old fuddy-duddy ! :geek:
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