East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby georgehogg » Fri 19 Apr 2019 17:26

Torness yesterday had 2 Small White at Thorntonloch , 2 Small Tortoiseshells and min 5 Peacocks.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby jpgn » Sat 20 Apr 2019 18:10

Saw my first Orange-tips (at last!) of the year this afternoon at Seton Sands/Longniddry Bents as I cycled home from Prestonpans. Then shortly afterwards got my first Small Coppers of 2019 as well - a mating pair close to Gullane.

Nine species seen in East Lothian before Easter Day - and I haven't seen Large White or Speckled Wood yet...
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby NickMorgan » Sat 20 Apr 2019 22:07

3 Small Coppers and a Wall Brown seen today by Abbie Marland in the Garleton Hills.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby jpgn » Sun 21 Apr 2019 14:45

Plenty of Orange-tips, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells on a walk south of Gullane today - plus a single Red Admiral. Also saw loads of Speckled Woods - in Gullane Millenium Wood, Peffer Bank Wood and other small copses.

Best of all though was a female Emperor Moth in the long grasses along the railway walk close to Saltcoats Castle.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby georgehogg » Thu 25 Apr 2019 22:31

Better late than never , my 1st Orange Tip of 2019 at Torness today ,plus 3 GV White a Small Tort and 3 Peacocks.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby NickMorgan » Fri 26 Apr 2019 13:20

I have been away for the last week, but they tell me there was good weather here, when I was gone!
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby ricowells » Fri 26 Apr 2019 15:05

Linn Dean yesterday morning cool breeze and not much happening eg solitary peacock and a few hoverflies. Tried Hadfast valley SWT reserve at lunchtime just before the clouds closed in. Better butterfly pickings (if still slim) with M & F orange tip, 2 GV white and a speckled wood.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby NickMorgan » Sat 27 Apr 2019 20:14

I was very pleased to see six Small Tortoiseshells this afternoon when I was out with the dog near Gifford. Also a couple of Green-veined Whites and five Orange Tips. If the farmer doesn't spray the nettles again this year maybe the Small Tortoiseshells will be able to make a bit of a come-back.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby ricowells » Sat 27 Apr 2019 22:09

An hour or so stroll around Newhailes looking for holly blue in vain did however produce at least 5 species - Orange tips 12+ male (v active so hard to count but minimum 12) and circa 4 female, 2 speckled wood, 2 peacock, 4 small tortoiseshell and 2 comma plus numerous flyby whites. I remember being there last year when they were spraying chemicals on to the grass to kill "weeds", hopefully not to be repeated this year.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings , April 2019

Postby georgehogg » Sun 28 Apr 2019 15:47

Don't they still have NT Rangers at Newhailes ?
Worth asking which particular wildflowers are weeds in their eyes .
Begbie Wood ,especially the roadside layby was busy with Orange Tips (c24), Green Veined Whites (c12) , Speckles(c5) and Peacocks(c3) today.
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