East Lothian Sightings-August '17

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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby wgell » Sat 12 Aug 2017 20:59

Down at Tyninghame again today. Less wind! Walked along the track behind the Ravensheugh dunes to Scoughall and back. Lots of very active Meadow Browns, 6 blues, 2 Red Admirals, several GV Whites and up near Scoughall I lost count of the number of Walls. None of which would sit nice for a photo!!

Along the track behind the dunes I spotted the specimen in the photos which I'm sure is a rather worn out female blue. But I can't help but notice the faint white spots on the upper side of the front wings which made me think "Argus?" It's a Blue though isn't it?
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby jpgn » Sun 13 Aug 2017 16:30

Wall butterfly, on a wall (!), at Saltcoats Steading, near Gullane, at 08:00 this morning. Also another, or the maybe same individual (?), 300yds NE at Gullane Primary School later on in the morning.

10 Peacocks and 2 Red Admirals enjoying the Buddleia bushes at the SOC HQ (Waterston House in Aberlady).

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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby wgell » Mon 14 Aug 2017 20:18

Sunday morning at Saltoun Wood. Good numbers of Peacocks, Meadow Browns and Red Admirals. Counted 8 RAs on one Buddleia.

Also 1 Comma, 4 Small Skippers and plenty whites. At least 2 Large.

In the afternoon I went Wall hunting at Barns Ness. Quite a few about but they simply do not like having their photo taken!! Lots of blurred shots and shots with no butterfly!

Also quite a few Small Heath, 1 Painted Lady, Large and GV Whites. Lots of Meadow Browns and Peacocks too and in one spot 6 Red Admirals feeding on Teasels.

Had hoped to see a few Blues and Small Coppers about but none at all.. :(
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 14 Aug 2017 22:40

Hi Will,
Yes, that is a female Common Blue. Great to hear that you have seen so many Walls. They seem to be having a really good year this year.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby jpgn » Thu 17 Aug 2017 16:30

2 Commas in Longniddry today - only my 4th & 5th of the year in East Lothian. Both were on Buddleias - in Dean Road and Kings Grove around lunchtime. Also seen on my round today - 31 Peacocks, 8 Red Admirals and 4 Small Tortoiseshells.

Jim
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby ricowells » Fri 18 Aug 2017 23:47

Linn Dean SWT reserve yesterday, initially unpromising with stiff breeze but as I progressed further downhill I came across some patches of thistles with circa 6 small tortoiseshells feeding on them. Towards the burn in more sheltered spots were at least 2 tattered common blues, a GV white plus a red admiral and peacock both pristine. 2 fritillaries also zipping back and forth. Distant views when they rarely settled so photos poor but probably DG fritillaries.
There was also a strange striped beastie, if anyone can ID it that would be great.
Deciding to return to the lay-by via the edge of the conifer plantation. Along the way there were a couple of peacocks, a red admiral, GV white and several flyby whites then in a field of thistles bordering the road and plantation I hit the red admiral motherlode...within 20 feet of me I counted 15 red admirals though guessing there were more as it was a moveable feast. Not shy either with several landing on thistles within 12 inches of me. A couple more peacocks and a GV white dotted amongst this group too.
Bizarrely when I stopped at nearby Soutra cafe for coffee/cake there was a red admiral flying about inside!
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby wgell » Tue 22 Aug 2017 20:48

Walked along the path from Gifford to Bolton yesterday as far as the open field on the left. Just past the first gate there is a lot of Knapweed growing and there was a vast number of Peacocks feeding on them. Also several fly by whites, two Painted Ladies, two Commas, four Red Admirals and a lonely Small Skipper looking worse for wear.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 23 Aug 2017 14:21

wgell wrote:Walked along the path from Gifford to Bolton yesterday as far as the open field on the left. Just past the first gate there is a lot of Knapweed growing and there was a vast number of Peacocks feeding on them. Also several fly by whites, two Painted Ladies, two Commas, four Red Admirals and a lonely Small Skipper looking worse for wear.

That must be where all of the butterflies from my transect had gone!! Despite the decent weather I had very few butterflies, even in flowery areas where I would have expected to see loads of Peacocks.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby wgell » Sat 26 Aug 2017 19:57

At East Links Farm Park this morning along Hedderwick Plantation. Plenty Speckled Woods all over, One Small Copper, couple of whites and then four Walls on the grassy area just past the bridge over the pond north of the toilets. Never seen Walls here before.

This afternoon I went to Tyninghame and walked from the car park at Limetree Walk down the southerly track right down to the estuary. Lots of Speckled Woods again. Along the edges of the trees I saw good numbers of more Wall Browns, two Small Coppers, large numbers of Peacocks, a few Red Admirals, three Meadow Browns and one Painted Lady. Good to see the Walls here and at East Links as I haven't seen them in either location before. Still ridiculously hard to get a photo of though....

Later this afternoon I was treated to 4 Red Admirals, 6 Peacocks and 2 Large Whites all at once on white Buddleia blossom in my back garden... That's a record for my back garden...
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Re: East Lothian Sightings-August '17

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 28 Aug 2017 13:12

Will,
Wall Browns seem to be doing really well this year. They have been seen in higher numbers than normal and in places where they haven't previously been recorded. I am assuming that they must have gone exploring last year, judging by the number of fresh individuals that were spotted in the spring. It seems that they weren't impacted by the wed June/July weather, either, presumably as they were chrysalises by that time.
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