East Lothian Sightings August 2016

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East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby wgell » Fri 05 Aug 2016 20:47

Nipped up to Saltoun Wood this afternoon. Nicer weather than expected. Counted 10 Small Skippers. Three around the top pond and the rest up the path to the top of the wood where they usually are. They seem to be doing really well there this year.

Ringlets, Meadow Browns and GV Whites in numbers and three Large Whites.

2 male and 1 female Common Blue.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby jpgn » Sat 06 Aug 2016 20:46

Single Red Admirals in Gullane and Port Seton today, as well as all 3 whites and slowly increasing numbers of Small Tortoiseshells. A couple of Peacocks in Gullane yesterday (5th) were the first of this year's adults that we've seen

Jim & Ali
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Sun 07 Aug 2016 15:28

Good to see plenty of good records from East Lothian. There were plenty of butterflies in the Borders yesterday.
I didn't think there was any chance of butterflies today with the wind, but already I have seen a Red Admiral, 5 Small Whites, a Green-veined White, a Large White, some Meadow Browns and a Small Tortoiseshell around Gifford.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 08 Aug 2016 13:36

A couple of lovely fresh Red Admirals on my transect today and the first Comma that I have seen in a long while.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby jpgn » Sat 13 Aug 2016 16:01

A bit of warm sunshine today produced 9 Red Admirals, 4 Small Torts and a Painted Lady in Longniddry - mostly on Buddleia. There was also a Red Admiral at the SOC HQ in Aberlady.

Ali saw a Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral and 2 Speckled Woods in Jamie's Neuk - the woods to the NE of Gullane Bents

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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby georgehogg » Sun 14 Aug 2016 06:32

Fully agreed Jim , Butterflies bursting out all over , obviously had a long wait for sunshine and now they're going for it.
Three transects on Saturday.
Skateraw....fly by white 5...small white 1..large white 2 ....GV white 1 ....Small tort 3 ....red admiral 7 ...painted lady 1 ...meadow brown 12....wall 4 ..speckled wood 3 .
Torness central transect...(numerous buddleia)..fly by white 1 ...small white 1 ...large white 1 ...GV white 1 ...small torts 24 ...red admiral 6 ...painted lady 3....peacock 10 ...common blue 1 ....meadow brown 29 .
Torness Gorse Bank...fly by white 7 ..small white 6 ..large white 21 .....gv white 1 ..small tort 13 ..red admiral 3 ..painted lady 2 ...peacock 1 ...small copper 3 ...meadow brown 25 ..ringlet 3..wall 6 .

Very enjoyable surveying !
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby wgell » Mon 15 Aug 2016 18:03

Left work early today as it was far too nice a day and was half asleep after watching Andy Murray..Anyway. A good patrol around Saltoun Wood with Archie the Dug produced..

10 Red Admirals
10 GV Whites
1 Large White
4 Peacocks
3 Ringlets
7 Meadow Browns
4 Blues (3 Female and 1 male)
2 Commas
1 Small Copper
18 Small Skippers

Quite surprising that the most common species was the Small Skipper but I saw them in various parts of the wood so they seem to be very well established there. Nice to a Small Copper as they have been worryingly absent from Saltoun Wood this year. Red Admirals were very fresh. Never seen so many in one go.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby jpgn » Mon 15 Aug 2016 20:32

Another sunny morning in Longniddry for my postal round and an appreciable increase in the numbers of Vanessids since Saturday: 21 Red Admirals, 9 Peacocks, 9 Small Tortoiseshells and a single Painted Lady. There was also a sprinkling of Small and Green-veined Whites.

Just about all were seen on Buddleias - mostly on 3 very large bushes including 9 Red Admirals on a single bush in Links Road.

Plenty more Red Admirals, Peacocks and Small Torts in Gullane - plus the first Meadow Brown of the year in our garden.

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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 15 Aug 2016 21:26

Great to hear about all of these butterfly sightings. I hope you are all keeping a note to send to me at the end of the season!!! :D
We didn't get any daylight here in Gifford on Sunday, but it was lovely and sunny here this morning. Things started off well with a Meadow Brown on my Buddleia - a first for the garden. It was accompanied by a Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White. Then a Red Admiral on a Spruce tree on my morning dog walk. Not bad for 7:45am!
I went to Oak Wood north of East Linton where I was met by the "lunchtime cloud", but still saw a couple of lovely fresh Peacocks, Small and Green-vein Whites, a couple of Speckled Woods and a surprise Wall Brown! Of course I didn't have my camera, but took this picture with my phone:
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When I returned to the office there was an e-mail waiting for me from Abbie with details of butterflies she had seen at Dirleton and Yellowcraig. These included good numbers of Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Speckled Woods, Common Blue and Small Heath. I am sure I have probably forgotten some others.
One of the Countryside Rangers also reported seven Small Tortoiseshells and 4 Painted Ladies on her Buddleia in her garden near Dunbar.
I'm looking forward to my transect tomorrow, although I notice the grumpy horse is back in the field at Clerkington!
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby jpgn » Tue 16 Aug 2016 15:38

Another change in the proportions of Vanessids on my 4 hour "transect" round Longniddry this morning (16th). I saw 13 Red Admirals, 19 Small Tortoiseshells, 23 Peacocks, 5 Painted Ladies and a Comma.

The two huge Buddleias that the majority of last week's butterflies were enjoying are past their peak now and instead many of the smaller Buddleias now have 2 or 3 individuals on them.

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