Fungal sightings found here
24th March 2017 - River Mersey, G. Manchester - In between the previous 3 destinations I noted along the riverside 4 more Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, a Comma and Cow Parsley in flower.

24th March 2017 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A stop off for some cheese butties and some barley water. I noted here the following butterflies:- Comma (*1) Peacock (*2) and another Small Tortoiseshell (*1).

Barren Strawberry was in flower.


24th March 2017 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - Continuing on the bike ride and a circular ride produced few birds but I did have a nice chat with a bloke under the weather and saw the butterflies:- Brimstone (*2); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Comma (*2). I also noted the years first 7 Spot Ladybird and the Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis).

Greater Periwinkle was in flower.

24th March 2017 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A cycle from home down the River Mersey and after some carrot cake and tea and a chat with a local birder I wander around and clocked up 32 species of bird, these being:- Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Nuthatch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Reed Bunting; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Kestrel; Buzzard; Grey Heron; Blackbird; Common Snipe; Moorhen; Tufted Duck; Little Grebe; Chiffchaff; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Greenfinch + Jackdaw; Ring Necked Parakeet and Wren on call.

Only 2 species of hoverfly were seen these being:- Eristalis tenax (*2) and Eristalis pertinax (*1) both on Blackthorn. A brace of Buff Tailed Bumble Bees were observed and single Comma and Brimstone butterflies.

Sweet Cicely was in flower.


23rd March 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - I was feeling rough so I booked a half-day holiday and left work early. A walk down river produced Marsh Marigold; Wood Avens; Ramsons and Garlic Mustard in flower as well as the Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); a brace of Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) and 3 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina). A Comma butterfly was on the wing. The Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae) was later confirmed via on-line assistance for which I am always grateful.


19th March 2017 - Pickering's Pasture, Cheshire - The second location of the day in glorious sunshine, the 36 bird species noted were :- House Sparrow; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Oystercatcher; Buzzard; Cormorant; Pied Wagtail; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Feral Pigeon; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Robin; Goldcrest; Goldfinch; Great Black Backed Gull; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Little Egret; Dunnock; Lapwing; Magpie; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Mistle Thrush; Gadwall; Teal; Mallard + Chiffchaff; Bullfinch; Wren; Greenfinch and Pheasant on call.

2 Dock Shield Bugs (Coreus marginatus) and 6 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) were noted as well as several Nursery Web Spiders (Pisaura mirabilis); 2 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) and the Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax).

Primroses were in flower.


19th March 2017 - Speke Hall, Liverpool, Merseyside - The first wander of the day in conditions that started dull and wet but brightened up as we roamed. 34 bird species were noted, these being:- Blackbird; Great Black Backed Gull; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Chaffinch; Nuthatch; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Chiffchaff; Herring Gull; Meadow Pipit; Moorhen; Starling; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Oystercatcher; Shelduck; Curlew; Kestrel; Magpie; Pied Wagtail; Goldcrest; Buzzard; Dunnock; Bullfinch; Mallard + Skylark; Pheasant; Greenfinch; Raven on call.

Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Daisy; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Colt's-Foot; Red Campion and Rape were all in flower. Field Wood Rush was frequent and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee was seen.

The Lichen (Candelariella vitellina) was later identified using chemicals and microscopy.


19th March 2017 - Gresty's Waste, Kelsall, Cheshire - A group meet-up and a chance to potter along at a new place was welcome but alas, after 40 minutes in we had to leave due to family requirements. In the time we were in attendance we found the Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis) and the Clay Coloured Weevil (Otiorynchus singularis). A few fungi were seen and Chickweed was in flower and that, as they say, was that! Hey ho! Oops March Dagger Moth (Diurnea fagella) was later confirmed after much book trawling and internet mooching.

18th March 2017 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Crappy weather but it coincides with a busy day gigging so not to worry. A Double Striped Pug was on the toilet wall - the first of the year - what a brave chap!
15th March 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking to and from work - the year's first Sand Martin, 2 Drone-Flies (Eristalis tenax) on Lesser Celandine and Spring Vetch and Butterbur in flower.
15th March 2017 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking in the sun during my dinner break,  5 Harlequin Ladybirds, 2 Tree Bees, 10 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees, 1 Red Tailed Bumble Bee, 11 Common Green Shield Bugs, 1 Weevil (Anthonomus pedicularius), several Nursery Web Spiders and the years first butterly, a Comma.  It is all grand stuff!
13th March 2017 - Reddish CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A good cycle ride with the missus broken only by a call in to Halford's for a bike MOT and a cup of cha' at the parks offices. 28 birds were noted, these being:- Robin; Wren; Blackbird; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; Collared Dove; Tufted Duck; Coal Tit; Coot; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit + Ring Necked Parakeet; Greenfinch; Dunnock; Goldcrest; Jackdaw and Jay on call.
13th March 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Some moments during the amateur naturalist's year are real stand-out times that signify so much promise, returning hope and a changing of the seasons. Today, whilst out for a cycle with my fine lady, we witnessed one such moment. The year's first Chiffchaff was heard, then seen, at the top of a tree and bringing joy to all who passed the beautiful blighter by. Lovely to hear and thank you to the songster in question!

12th March 2017 - Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire - A slow wander in greying skies with 24 birds species seen:- Mallard; Robin; Lapwing; Long Tailed Tit; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Mandarin Duck; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Redwing; Dunnock; Blackbird; Buzzard; Nuthatch; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Jay; Goldfinch; Goldcrest and Song Thrush.

Plants noted in flower were:- Lesser Celandine; Dog's Mercury; Wavy Bittercress; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Dandelion agg. and Ivy Leaved Toadflax.

Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Garden Slug (Arion hortensis agg) and a Plaited Door Snail (Cochlodina laminata) were added extras.

12th March 2017 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A mild night and a brace of Hebrew Character Moths were located in the toilet - I best get my trap out methinks. 3 Blue Tits in the garden and a mooching Wren plus a Harlequin Ladybird kept me entertained whilst doing the dishes.

10th March 2017 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Another work time stroll, 6 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) with one in summer dress, 8 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris); 1 White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum); 1 Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 1 Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) - it all keeps things ticking.

Oh and Ivy Leaved Speedwell was sporting the first bloom of the year - very nice!


9th March 2017 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - 17 bird species were seen, these were:- Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Mistle Thrush; Robin; Redwing; Goldfinch; Magpie; Mallard; Coot; Canada Goose; Carrion Crow; Ring Necked Parakeet; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; House Sparrow and Dunnock.

Sweet Violet and Colt's-Foot was in flower and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and the Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) were noted.

8th March 2017 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk in my dinner break and 3 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris), 1 Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 2 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) in their winter colours were all noted on a gloriously sunny wander.  Another patch of Colt's-Foot was seen in flower.

6th March 2017 - Roman Lakes, Stockport, Cheshire - A nice relaxing walk with the sun making several appearances and warming the cockles of the ticker. 42 bird species were noted, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Mistle Thrush; Feral Barnacle Goose; Jay; Carrion Crow; Mandarin Duck; Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Mallard; Chaffinch; Magpie; Blackbird; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Buzzard; Dunnock; Coot; Gadwall; Little Grebe; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Goosander; Dipper; Cormorant; Siskin; Great Crested Grebe; Goldcrest; Robin; Mute Swan; Moorhen; Treecreeper; Grey Heron; Greenfinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull + Bullfinch; Song Thrush and Green Woodpecker on call.

Common Polypody agg. and Hart's-Tongue Fern were frequent, Dog's Mercury; Lesser Celandine; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage and Butterbur were all in flower and a Dusky Slug was noted whilst mooching under stones. The lichen (Evernia prunastri) was also noted.

4th March 2017 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Time is passing by like running water and I can't keep up. Today after a busy morn it was off to Congleton for some more footy but whilst walking up to the train station I was blessed by some much needed sun and for company out came 3 Drone Flies (Eristalis tenax) and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) - what an absolute spirit lifter.
1st March 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 specimens of the Red Dock Weevil (Apion frumentarium) were checked after being located on the leaves of Broad Leaved Dock and a Kingfisher was noted flitting away above the swollen river.

26th February 2017 - Haughton Dale LNR, Denton, G. Manchester - With the calendar crammed we are struggling to get out much of late. Today was a local-ish walk and produced 30 bird species, these were:- Pied Wagtail; Common Gull; Herring Gull; Teal; Cormorant; Nuthatch; Goosander; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Robin; Magpie; Dunnock; Coal Tit; Jay; Wren; Canada Goose; Egyptian Goose; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Black Headed Gull and Blackbird + Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

2 Rabbits were playing together at the side of an open field, the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); a Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis), several Large Yellow Slugs (Limax flavus) and a Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus) were noted on the day. The best find was the unusual Landhopper (Arcitalitrus dorrieni) which were under one log at the back of several gardens.

Blackthorn and Lesser Celandine were both in flower.


20th February 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - White Dead Nettle was in flower and Alder Catkins were a dangling delight.

The Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) was seen on a fence and later identified. A Springtail was later confirmed as Dicyrtomina ornata, a miniscule beast that is perhaps more common than we suspect.


20th February 2017 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A lengthy 3 and and half hour walk was had, 33 bird species were seen, these were:- Goldcrest; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Wren; Kestrel; Blackbird; Cormorant; Magpie; Song Thrush; Dipper; Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Robin; Coot; Moorhen; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Mandarin Duck; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Mute Swan; Little Grebe; Collared Dove; Goldfinch; Redwing; House Sparrow; Black Headed Gull; Jay and Grey Wagtail.

Blackthorn was now in flower.

17th February 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - One of several annual highs, the first Hoverfly of the year, namely Episyrphus balteatus feeding on the blooms of Lesser Celandine - quite lovely.
16th February 2017 - River Mersey to Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - The walk to work and love was in the air. Magpies nest building, a pair if Mistle Thrushes flying over, a couple of Long Tailed Tits flitting together, 2 Collared Doves whizzing past and 4 Jays friskily chasing one another - we are not far off Spring folks.
15th February 2017 - Heaton Mersey NR and area, Stockport, Cheshire - A dinnertime stroll to stretch that nagging Achilles Heel, what a git it is. 21 bird species were noted, these were:- Blackbird; Robin; Collared Dove; Magpie; Coot; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Great Tit; House Sparrow; Moorhen; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Jay; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Mallard and Black Headed Gull.

13th February 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport to Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - On a 6 mile bike ride, I stopped and pottered and took in a few birds. The end tally was 28 species, these being:- Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Goldcrest; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Cormorant; Goosander; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Redwing; Fieldfare; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Teal; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Blue tit; Blackbird; Wren; Canada Goose; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; House Sparrow and Mistle Thrush.

3 flowers were in bloom:- Snowdrop; Sweet Violet and Groundsel.

12th February 2017 - Dovestone Reservoir RSPB, G. Manchester -  A walk in a whipping wind that blew sleet and snow our way and made any decent birding almost impossible. 19 birds was the tally, these being:- Siskin; Great Tit; Blackbird; Treecreeper; Chaffinch; Coal Tit; Brambling; Goldfinch; Jackdaw; Mallard; Robin; Nuthatch; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Greenfinch; Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Pheasant and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
6th February 2017 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk with my brother and 52 bird species seen, these were:- Pied Wagtail; Goldeneye; Goldfinch; Canada Goose; Coot; Mallard; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Pochard; Wood Pigeon; Lapwing; Common Gull; Robin; Blue Tit; Gadwall; Cormorant; Goosander; Scaup; Herring Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Teal; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; Song Thrush; Dunnock; Shoveler; Reed Bunting; Bullfinch; Stock Dove; Water Rail; Nuthatch; Jay; Grey Heron; Lesser Redpoll; Siskin; Sparrowhawk; Willow Tit; Long Tailed Duck; Goldcrest; Collared Dove; Redwing; House Sparrow; Kestrel; Great Black Backed Gull and Wren.
5th February 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 hours on the bike today, me and the missus had a nice cycle ride and a chat with a few friendly faces. On the way a Greenfinch called, a Grey Heron sat hunched up at the riverside, a couple of Goosanders fished and flew, a Grey Wagtail flitted along the bank, a flock of Canada Geese honked with attitude, a Great Spotted Woodpecker called from a naked lofty tree and several Robins flitted across the path, chasing one another before the courtship season starts proper. A lovely day in truth, and nature is waking up and resisting the neglect.
30th January 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport to Chorlton, G. Manchester - On my way to my birding destination I saw a Fox and Sweet Violet in flower - very nice too.
30th January 2017 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - I have not been on a bike for 20 years and that was a one off. Today I made my debut on a new Mountain Bike and did a 20 mile trip and a bit of birding in between. Despite a raw arse I managed to see 31 birds:- Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Collared Dove; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Coot; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Gadwall; Moorhen; Pochard; Common Gull; Cormorant; Herring Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Ring Necked Parakeet; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Goosander and Magpie.

23rd January 2017 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A bit of birding with my brother, 52 bird species were seen, these were:- Nuthatch; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Treecreeper; Wren; Magpie; Robin; Great Tit; Jay; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Raven; Blue Tit; Mallard; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Chaffinch; Cormorant; Little Egret; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Moorhen; Great Black Backed Gull; Grey Heron; Curlew; Lapwing; Common Gull; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Jackdaw; Mistle Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Kingfisher; Goosander; Little Grebe; Goldeneye; Redwing; Coal Tit; Goldfinch; Shoveler; Kestrel; Shelduck; Teal; Wigeon; Reed Bunting; Starling; Collared Dove and Buzzard.

The gall (Taxomyia taxi) was on Yew.


16th January 2017 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, Cheshire - Another dreary day but I was in need of a stretch so walked down to this nearby reserve and had a pootle in the drizzle. Only 19 birds noted, these were:- House Sparrow; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Starling; Robin; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Long Tailed tIt; Great Tit; Mallard; Willow Tit; Bullfinch; Moorhen; Wren; Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker + Greenfinch on call.

A Brown Rat hung around one of the feeders and was quite a hefty looking bugger. The Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) was noted whilst looking for fungi under logs.

11th January 2017 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home when I noted 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on the feeders in someone's garden, by heck these things are everywhere.  Further on and down the river and Lesser Celandine was now in flower - surely the earliest date I have recorded this species.
9th January 2017 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The first moth of the year - a Light Brown Apple Moth in the bog - the earliest one I have ever recorded.

8th January 2017 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A wander with the Fungal Friends bods, shrooms were clocked up but a bird list was kept. 30 species were noted, these were:- Blue Tit; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Siskin; Nuthatch; Goldfinch; Goldeneye; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Coot; Pochard; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Kestrel; Green Woodpecker; Starling; Common Gull; Mistle Thrush; Great Tit and Robin.

A Smooth Newt was added to the days finds as well as the moss Hypnum jutlandicum - thanks to Joolz for the latter ID! Finally, a Hawthorn Shieldbug was found hibernating in leaf litter!


7th January 2017 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A football day so only time for a quick walk in the morn. Mistletoe was in its usual place and 20 bird species were spotted in the murky conditions:- Ring Necked Parakeet; Blackbird; Magpie; Blue Tit; Redwing; Black Headed Gull; Robin; Great Tit; Jay; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Goose; Carrion Crow; Wren; Moorhen; Coal Tit and Dunnock.

The only other species noted was later in the day - Runcorn Linnets FC - a rare species you have to travel for. They lost 5 -2 by the way - in a cracking match!


6th January 2017 - Cheadle Heath and River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A morning jog to shake off the cobwebs and beat the impending rain. Birds fed and 24 species seen on the way:- Starling; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Blackbird; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Black Headed Gull; Goosander; Dipper; Mallard; Grey Heron; Redwing; Pied Wagtail; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Dunnock; Cormorant and Song Thrush were the tweeters viewed.

Common Field Speedwell and Hairy Bittercress were in flower and several Rough Woodlice were seen.


5th January 2017 - Alexander Park, Stockport, Cheshire - Staying local due to the frosts and a lack of fundfs and a walk to the local park produced 21 bird species:- Robin; Blue Tit; Magpie; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Coot; Collared Dove; Carrion Crow; Goosander; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Wren; Feral Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Mistle Thrush; Redwing and Coal Tit.

Groundsel and Shepherd's Purse were noted in flower walking up to the park.

4th January 2017 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A mooch for a few local fungi, a few birds were noted, these were:- Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Magpie; Mandarin Duck; Dunnock; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Goldcrest; Mallard; Robin; House Sparrow; Redwing and Wren.
3rd January 2017 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A run down river with my daughter, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets, 3 Goosander and 1 Pied Wagtail were the picks.

3rd January 2017 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A morning wander to keep the blood flowing. 21 birds were showing themselves, these being:- Carrion Crow; Magpie; Goldcrest; Blue Tit; Grey Heron; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Robin; Mallard; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Siskin; Goldfinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Great Tit; Ring Necked Parakeet; Jay; Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush.

Rolling a few logs revealed:- Leopard Slug; Large Yellow Slug; Budapest Slug; Garden Snail; Garlic Snail; Shiny Woodlouse and a hibernating Tree Bee.

The only flowers noted were a Daisy and Hazel in bloom.

2nd January 2017 - Cop Mere, Staffordshire - A circular walk round the mere and back through Walk Mill. 28 bird species were noted:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Carrion Crow; Coot; Canada Goose; Chaffinch; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Buzzard; Magpie; Robin; Blackbird; Fieldfare; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Siskin; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Little Grebe; Mallard; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Nuthatch; Cormorant; Song Thrush; Goldeneye; Tufted Duck and Collared Dove.
2nd January 2017 - Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire - An early walk in the frosty conditions. A nice place this with a 36 bird species seen, these were:- Carrion Crow; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Grey Heron; Mallard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Dunnock; Robin; Canada Goose; Coot; Moorhen; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Redwing; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Little Grebe; Cormorant; Raven; Gadwall; Wren; Great Crested Grebe; Grey Wagtail; Chaffinch; Kingfisher; Long Tailed Tit; Nuthatch; Pied Wagtail; Coal Tit; Siskin; Black Swan and Goldcrest. The tea and cake after was ruddy delicious - a perfect way to finish off a lovely walk.
1st January 2017 - Sidings Lane NR, Lancashire - Last port of call on this opening day of the year - a 45 minute stroll and a cup of coffee and only 15 birds noted:- Great Tit; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Willow Tit; Robin; Chaffinch; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Magpie; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Willow Tit; Carrion Crow; Common Pheasant and Dunnock.
1st January 2017 - Mere Sands Wood, Lancashire - The second stop off point of the day and away from the coastal breeze. Again very quiet on the bird front with only 31 species noted, these were:- Cormorant; Redwing; Blue Tit; Robin; Pheasant; Blackbird; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Jackdaw; Water Rail; Coot; Moorhen; Chaffinch; Mallard; Teal; Shoveler; Goosander; Grey Heron; Sparrowhawk; Black Headed Gull; Shelduck; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Magpie; Collared Dove; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Nuthatch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Common Snipe; Pintail; Little Egret; Bullfinch; Goldcrest; Kingfisher and Jay.

1st January 2017 - Marshside RSPB, Lancashire - As per, out and wandering early on New Years Day and despite the wind and cold and things seemingly fairly quiet on the birding front we did manage to see 46 species, these being:- Pochard; Wren; Little Egret; Goldfinch; Starling; Magpie; Mallard; Wigeon; Moorhen; Teal; Shelduck; Great Black Backed Gull; Lapwing; Pink Footed Goose; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Gadwall; Shoveler; Pintail; Tufted Duck; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Wood Pigeon; Linnet; Blackbird; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Song Thrush; Greylag Goose; Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Curlew; Pied Wagtail; Blue Tit; Jackdaw; Coot; Little Grebe; Cormorant; Great Tit; Robin; Snow Goose; Dunnock; Reed Bunting and Lesser Black Backed Gull.

Common Gorse; Common Field Speedwell and Pineappleweed were in flower.