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Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:16:58 -0700
From: Bill Shepard <bsheephead...> [NorWestLeps] <NorWestLeps...>
Subject: Re: [NorWestLeps] More California Tortoiseshell in San Francisco Bay Area.

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Today I saw a continuous stream of tortoiseshells along the creek trail at =
Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills. One sunny spot near the creek h=
ad 14 tortoiseshells and 4 Red Admirals on the mud. Driving down the hill t=
hey were flying past the car every few seconds. Not evident down in town, t=
hey seem to be following the ridges and hilltopping. No Coronis sighted, al=
though I usually see them there this time of year. Not much for nectar, and=
Coronis there has usually been more numerous in October.=20

On Sep 27, 2017, at 3:31 PM, David Rawlinson <davidrawlinson2...> [N=
orWestLeps] <NorWestLeps...> wrote:

> Yesterday (9-26-2017) there were reports of California Tortoiseshell butt=
erfly near the Pacific coast in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, somet=
hing not seen in recent years.=20
>=20
> Today (9-27-2017) I can report numerous California Tortoiseshells more in=
land in Novato, Marin Co. My records over recent years show that Indian Val=
ley OSP has been the most likely preserve in the town to find the occasiona=
l
> record of a Tortoiseshell butterfly in September. Today at Indian Valley =
OSP in Novato were seen 80+ California Tortoiseshell in about 1 hour, 1-2pm=
i.e. very numerous.
>=20
> No photograph was obtained, since the butterflies did not settle.They wer=
e quite recognizable though as California Tortoiseshell. On the main trail =
which was all I looked at, about 90% were heading down hill and about 10% u=
phill.
> Butterflies were more numerous in the lower half of the trail (dappled su=
nlight through woodland) than in the upper half (more open with few trees):=
presumably there is some kind of funneling effect onto the trail through t=
he woodland.
> On this out and back trail, there were noticeably fewer butterflies on th=
e way back, about 2pm and after.
>=20
> So, there are torts around in Marin and the California Pacific Coast. It =
will be interesting to see how widespread they are.
>=20
> David Rawlinson, Novato, CA.
>=20
>=20


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Today I saw a continuous stream of tortoiseshells along the creek trail at Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills. One sunny spot near the creek had 14 tortoiseshells and 4 Red Admirals on the mud. Driving down the hill they were flying past the car every few seconds. Not evident down in town, they seem to be following the ridges and hilltopping. No Coronis sighted, although I usually see them there this time of year. Not much for nectar, and Coronis there has usually been more numerous in October.&nbsp;<div><br><div><div>On Sep 27, 2017, at 3:31 PM, David Rawlinson <a href="mailto:<davidrawlinson2...>"><davidrawlinson2...></a> [NorWestLeps] &lt;<a href="mailto:<NorWestLeps...>"><NorWestLeps...></a>&gt; wrote:</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><blockquote type="cite"><div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><div id="ygrp-mlmsg" style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; position: relative;"><div id="ygrp-msg" style="line-height: 1.22em; z-index: 1;"><div id="ygrp-text" style="line-height: 1.22em; font-family: Georgia;"><p style="line-height: 1.22em; margin: 0px 0px 1em;">Yesterday (9-26-2017) there were reports of California Tortoiseshell butterfly near the Pacific coast in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, something not seen in recent years.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><br style="line-height: 1.22em;"><br style="line-height: 1.22em;">Today (9-27-2017) I can report numerous California Tortoiseshells more inland in Novato, Marin Co. My records over recent years show that Indian Valley OSP has been the most likely preserve in the town to find the occasional<br style="line-height: 1.22em;">record of a Tortoiseshell butterfly in September. Today at Indian Valley OSP in Novato were seen 80+ California Tortoiseshell in about 1 hour, 1-2pm i.e. very numerous.<br style="line-height: 1.22em;"><br style="line-height: 1.22em;">No photograph was obtained, since the butterflies did not settle.They were quite recognizable though as California Tortoiseshell. On the main trail which was all I looked at, about 90% were heading down hill and about 10% uphill.<br style="line-height: 1.22em;">Butterflies were more numerous in the lower half of the trail (dappled sunlight through woodland) than in the upper half (more open with few trees): presumably there is some kind of funneling effect onto the trail through the woodland.<br style="line-height: 1.22em;">On this out and back trail, there were noticeably fewer butterflies on the way back, about 2pm and after.<br style="line-height: 1.22em;"><br style="line-height: 1.22em;">So, there are torts around in Marin and the California Pacific Coast. It will be interesting to see how widespread they are.<br style="line-height: 1.22em;"><br style="line-height: 1.22em;">David Rawlinson, Novato, CA.</p></div><div style="line-height: 1.22em; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); height: 0px;"></div></div></blockquote></div><br></div>



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