Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

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Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby briart » Tue 02 May 2017 10:56

I had a fantastic day at Hermitage of Braid on sunday (30th) 7/8 orange tips male and female 4 Peacocks and 2 commas it was windy but in the hot sheltered spots Orange tips were feeding on bluebells a joy to watch and photograph.
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby Matthew » Sun 07 May 2017 19:49

At least a dozen Green Hairstreaks on south side of Castlelaw Hill in the Pentlands including at least 3 mating pairs.
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby Dennis » Sun 07 May 2017 20:35

Well done Matthew. I've been up Castlelaw about 3 times this week including yesterday but no sign of any. Where did you have them about as I am convinced I've been looking in the wrong area.

Matthew wrote:At least a dozen Green Hairstreaks on south side of Castlelaw Hill in the Pentlands including at least 3 mating pairs.
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby Matthew » Mon 08 May 2017 19:30

From Castlelaw Hillfort car park take footpath to Glencorse/Flotterstone, through farm, past shooting range. At second cattle grid, duck under wire to right and head up slope to where the gorse meets the blaeberries.
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby GeoffBallinger » Tue 09 May 2017 21:41

My first post here!

Orange tips were going strong again in Blackford Glen this weekend - especially along the rough path along the north bank of the burn up stream from Howe Dean - but also throughout the lower slopes of the woods amongst the bluebells.

Geoff

PS. A good selection of other species too - see https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffballinger/albums/72157683333975246
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby Dennis » Wed 10 May 2017 15:13

Matthew wrote:From Castlelaw Hillfort car park take footpath to Glencorse/Flotterstone, through farm, past shooting range. At second cattle grid, duck under wire to right and head up slope to where the gorse meets the blaeberries.


Many thanks Matthew
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby briart » Wed 10 May 2017 22:28

Nice to find butterflies in unexpected moments and areas, today on my way to corner shop thought id just do a little detour by water of leith down pilrig area, came across a couple of orange tips in built up but still green bit of the river. I was going to stay in Edinburgh tomorrow to look for small coppers but was thinking should i chance Balerno for green hairstreaks ? previous posts have convinced me im going ! not seen them in my spot for last two years though (red moss) .
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby Dennis » Thu 11 May 2017 13:12

Eventually managed to catch up with the Green Hairstreaks at Castlelaw in the Pentlands this morning, easily 20+. Also a few Orange tips and GV Whites.
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby GeoffBallinger » Sun 14 May 2017 16:53

A nice wander round Castlelaw this afternoon. We didn't fancy ducking under the wire as described - too many warning signs and red flags for us nervous folks - but found some green hairstreaks the right side of the wire on the isolated clump of gorse just above the path a little beyond the cattle grid where a seep runs down off the hillside. Also a couple of small coppers and plenty of green veined whites flitting around,

Geoff
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Re: Edinburgh Sightings May 2017

Postby georgehogg » Sun 14 May 2017 19:05

Up the town today ,and pleased to see a male orange tip patrolling in Princes Street gardens.
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