East Lothian Sightings July 2016

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby ricowells » Sat 30 Jul 2016 21:37

First visit to Linn Dean SWT reserve since 6th June, overcast with cool breeze and much lower numbers of butterflies. Those that were showing were mostly tattered. Meadow browns, ringlets circa 4 each, 2 small heath, male common blue, flyby fritillaries probably dark greens and a northern brown argus
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby wgell » Sun 31 Jul 2016 19:34

Friday afternoon I was up at Saltoun Wood. 5 Small Skippers, 4 Blues (2 male and 2 female), Ringlets, Meadow Browns, GV Whites a plenty and also a Red Admiral.

Saturday morning I was at Yellowcraigs. 6 Small Skippers as well as 2 Blues, 4 Small Heaths, Ringlets and Meadow Browns. In the afternoon I was at Hedderwick. Countless Blues, Ringlets and Meadow Browns and a very fresh looking Peacock.

Today I was back up at Saltoun Wood. Lots of Small Skippers and not only along the usual path they were around the top pond. Ringlets, MBs and GV Whites in numbers and also a Speckled Wood.

I'm definitely seeing a lot more Small Skippers than last year at Saltoun but Small Copper numbers seem to have been drastically lower. I've seen two this year!
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Sun 31 Jul 2016 23:34

ricowells wrote:First visit to Linn Dean SWT reserve since 6th June, overcast with cool breeze and much lower numbers of butterflies. Those that were showing were mostly tattered. Meadow browns, ringlets circa 4 each, 2 small heath, male common blue, flyby fritillaries probably dark greens and a northern brown argus

I called in there, too, on Saturday morning on my way down to the Borders. Very little flying other than a three minute period of sunshine when I saw almost exactly the same number of butterflies as you did!
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