East Lothian Sightings April 2018

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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 18 Apr 2018 21:49

Getting a little closer to your prediction, Iain. A Small White was recorded today near Longniddry, later tracked down and photographed by Abbie. I am out of the office for much of tomorrow, so I will be on the look out for an Orange Tip!! :)
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby IAC » Thu 19 Apr 2018 17:14

Hahaha, Orange-tip x2 Hutton Bridge Foulden today Nick. No photo...I tried...I ran out of gas and the Orange-tip had larger tanks...its too hot for me...
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby jpgn » Thu 19 Apr 2018 17:33

5 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells in Longniddry this morning. And a Comma on the hedgerow between the A198 and Peffer Burn (opp Luffness Castle, Aberlady) mid-afternoon. Yesterday (18th) had a Red Admiral about a quarter of mile further along the A198 towards Gullane. Jim
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby ricowells » Thu 19 Apr 2018 21:38

4 peacocks at Chester Hill fort plus 1 at SOC Aberlady
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby wgell » Fri 20 Apr 2018 07:03

Last Saturday I was up at Saltoun Wood. Not much there just two Peacocks.

Yesterday I walked along the Tyne from Hailes to East Linton. 3 Small Torts and 16 Peacocks.

Normally a good place for OTs and GVWs but no luck.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby georgehogg » Fri 20 Apr 2018 08:59

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Along the Gorse Bank at Torness yesterday produced what felt like more Small Tortoiseshells than I saw in the whole of last year , which admittedly wouldn't be hard.
At one point a dog fighting trio spiralled past and usually there was one or two to be seen every minute or so.
Allowing for repeat sightings I would guess a dozen small torts and four or five peacocks.
Another fine sight was a minimum of 16 queen bumblebees nectaring on a single small goat willow.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Fri 20 Apr 2018 13:40

Great to see the butterfly records coming in thick and fast.
Well done Iain on your predicted Orange Tips. None reported up in East Lothian yet.
Jim, I think your Red Admiral may be East Lothian's first of the year, which is a little odd given the enormous number there were at the end of last year. I suspect that many of them may have perished over the prolonged cold winter.
It is encouraging to see quite a few Small Tortoiseshell records coming in and good numbers of Commas, too.
Abbie also reported a Large White yesterday, so that is us up to seven species, with five of them appearing in the last few days.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 23 Apr 2018 12:21

I received a report from Andy on Saturday that included East Lothian's first Orange Tip of the year - near Meadowmill.
So, what next? Speckled Wood?
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby IAC » Mon 23 Apr 2018 19:58

So, what next? Speckled Wood?


Nothing yet Nick, though everything is as it should be. We could maybe do with a few more visible White Butterflies. Only one very determined Orange-tip male today that gave me the slip on so many occasions that I had lost interest in counting. I went out looking fairly presentable and came home looking as if I had been to war...that kind of chase. :) Speckled Wood by the end of the week then...thats my prediction, even though I'm sure there will be the odd one out and about now....somewhere.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Tue 24 Apr 2018 12:55

You are right, Iain. Abbie saw a Speckled Wood today near Aberlady. :D
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