FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2018
Fungal sightings found here
 
APRIL
19th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The first sunny day proper and 3 butterfly species came into the garden:- Holly Blue; Orange Tip and Small White. A Red Tailed Bumble Bee was also knocking about
 
19th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Episyrphus balteatus was seen for the first time this year as well as a Brimstone butterfly.
 
19th April 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the lovely sun for my dinner break; a Buff Tailed Bee (Bombus terrestris), a Peacock butterfly; 4 Common Nettle Bugs (Liocoris tripustulatus) and a 14 Spot Ladybird were all enjoying the solar sensation. Thale Cress ws in good flower.
 
18th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Abia lonicerae was making its usual annual appearance in the garden and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) was on the wing.
 

16th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A quick pootle and a Peacock butterfly was seen; an Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); a Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 Drone-Flies (Eristalis pertinax) and the Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus).

A lone Wood Anemone was in flower.

 

16th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A ride on the bike in warm weather with sunny spells. 27 bird species were noted, these were:- House Sparrow; Goosander; Chiffchaff; Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Blackbird; Magpie; Robin; Coot; Carrion Crow; Greenfinch; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Goose; Blackcap; Grey Wagtail; Willow Warbler; Jackdaw; Chaffinch; Mistle Thrush; Mallard; Sand Martin + Goldfinch and Nuthatch on call.

3 Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing; several Buff Tailed Bumble Bees were flitting about; a cluster of Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) were on the leaves of Broad Leaved Dock; and 3 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) were seen sun-bathing.

Ramsons was now in flower.

 

15th April 2018 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - The daughter is home from Uni so we had a leisurely walk and I took in a few birds, 41 species in fact:- Wren; Goldfinch; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Great Crested Grebe; Goldeneye; Jay; Cormorant; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Gadwall; Lapwing; Oystercatcher; Common Sandpiper; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Shoveler; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Blue Tit; Willow Warbler; Chaffinch; Blackcap; Willow Tit; Bullfinch; Stock Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Dunnock; Reed Bunting + Cetti's Warbler; Song Thrush and Greenfinch on call.

Marsh Marigold was in bonny flower.

 

9th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - Cycling about and 21 bird species were seen:- Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Wren; Blackcap; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Chaffinch; Mistle Thrush; Dunnock; Blackbird; Goldcrest; Greenfinch; Canada Goose; + Willow Warbler; Song Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing as was a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Double Striped Pug Moth.

Barren Strawberry was in good flower.

 

9th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Another cycle ride. whilst cruising down river I noted 24 bird species:- Wren; Greenfinch; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Robin; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Chaffinch; Cormorant; Buzzard; Blackbird; Jackdaw; Blackcap; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; House Sparrow; Blue Tit + Bullfinch and Goldcrest on call.

A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) were seen as well as the Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and the butterflies Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell.

 
8th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A Comma butterfly was flitting around a conifer, a female Blackcap was skulking in a Bramble bed and a Ring Necked Parakeet was flying about.
 
8th April 2018 - Northenden, G. Manchester - Eristalis pertinax was seen feeding on Dandelion.
 
8th April 2018 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A stop off for a sandwich, a Grey Wagtail was flitting about, a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) was fizzing about and a Small Tortoiseshell was looking for a sunny spot.
 

8th April 2018 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A good bike ride with my missus, we did some birding around the water park after enjoying a cuppa, 24 species were noted:- Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Magpie; Robin; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Mallard; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Herring Gull; Teal; Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Ring Necked Parakeet + Wren and Chiffchaff on call.

Sweet Ciceley was in flower and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) landed on my hand.

 
6th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A check of a Daffodil patch, 3 specimens of the Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes) were in residence.
 
5th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling home, the Willow trees have seen their catkins go past their best, only a lone Small Tortoiseshell was seen.
 
4th April 2018 - Weaver Dairy House Farm, Cheshire - A private farm and a trip with the Young Carers. We had a fine time and whilst we pootled I noted a Pied Wagtail; Jackdaw; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Blue Tit; Rook; House Sparrow; Cormorant and Common Pheasant as well as a singing Greenfinch; Song Thrush, Great Tit; Chiffchaff and Starling. I am hoping to do a mushroom and bug survey here, it all helps get these places noted!
 
3rd April 2018 - Stockport, Cheshire - A walk from work to hospital to get the hearing checked - the noise has left my head ringing. On the way I noted a few flowers in bloom, good on em' for defying the concrete sprawl. The colourful gems seen were:- Groundsel; Rape; Common Field Speedwell; Common Whitlow Grass; Oxford Ragwort; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Common Chickweed; Common Mouse Ear and Dandelion agg.
 
2nd April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Football cancelled and shit weather, what a combination. We did the shopping and had a walk to feed the loacl birds. I couldn't be arsed to carry any bins and nothing outrageous was seen, just a regulation 19 species:- Blue tit; Starling; Blackbird; Cormorant; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Collared Dove; Robin; Moorhen; Mallard; Dunnock; Great Tit; Goosander; Bullfinch; Carrion Crow; Canada Goose; Grey Wagtail; Goldfinch and Wren.
 
1st April 2018 - Westport Lake, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - Last destination of the day, this time 22 birds noted:- Coot; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Bullfinch; Magpie; Moorhen; Dunnock; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Wren; Song Thrush; Feral Greylag Goose and Goldfinch.
 
1st April 2018 - Holden Lane Pool, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - After a cup of tea and a chat to some local rangers we were pointed in the direction of this local reserve. We had a good walk, 25 bird species were listed:- Mallard; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Moorhen; Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Robin; Chiffchaff; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Jackdaw; Wren; Song Thrush; House Sparrow + Greenfinch; Dunnock; Chaffinch and Bullfinch on call.
 
1st April 2018 - Whitfield Valley NR, Staffordshire - An early morning walk and 42 bird species noted:- Goldfinch; Reed Bunting; Cetti's Warbler; Grey Wagtail; Coal Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Blue Tit; Starling; Willow Tit; Jay; Sparrowhawk; Feral Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Stock Dove; Kestrel; Jackdaw; House Sparrow; Wren; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Buzzard; Robin; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Coot; Great Tit; Great Crested Grebe; Magpie; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Canada Goose + Common Pheasant; Song Thrush; Greenfinch; Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff on call.
 
1st April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The first moth of the year - a Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) attracted to the toilet window.
MARCH
 

30th March 2018 - Rixton Clay Pits, Warrington, Cheshire - A Good Friday walk, 31 birds seen, these were:- Collared Dove; Nuthatch; Blackbird; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Mute Swan; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Canada Goose; Coot; Jay; Tufted Duck; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldcrest; Blue Tit; Wren; Buzzard; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Feral Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Mallard; Song Thrush; Grey Heron; Chaffinch; Pheasant; House Sparrow; Lapwing; Oystercatcher and Jackdaw.

Colt's-Foot was in good flower and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was on the wing.

 
28th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling home and the weather was far from perfect for bugs. A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) were feeding on Willow catkins.
 

27th March 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A walk leading a carers group and what a nice bunch of folk they were. The rain fell, we struggled to see much but Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Large Yellow Slug (Limacus flavus); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Large Black Slug (Arion agg); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a few birds gave us enough to talk about.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell was in flower.

 
26th March 2018 - Cromwell Bottom NR, Brighouse, W. Yorkshire - The last location of the day - a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and a Short Tailed Vole were noted as well as 23 birds:- Bullfinch; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Mallard; Magpie; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Chiffchaff; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Robin; Chaffinch; Jay; Reed Bunting; Jackdaw; Coot; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Wren; Canada Goose; Mute Swan and Grey Heron.
 
26th March 2018 - Denso Marston NR, Shipley, W. Yorkshire - A tucked away gem, litter free, quiet and showing what can happen with a bit of care, insight and forethought. The following text was taken from the reserves website and explains all _ '

'In 1989 Nippondenso (later Denso) bought the Yorkshire based company IMI Radiators to make and supply car radiators for the new Toyota factory in Burniston Derbyshire.

In extending the factory for the new production line, out of an idea from its Production Engineering Manager, Chris Lunnon, the strip pasture land adjacent to the factory and prone to flooding, was landscaped and turned into the nature reserve you will find today. The design incorporated meadow, woodland and ponds, providing the greatest suitable wildlife habitat within the three-hectare area.'

I think there should be applause all round for those who have made this happen and who continue to do their bit. We had a lovely sunny walk and noted 19 birds, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blackbird; Wren; Goosander (*3); Kingfisher (*2); Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Chiffchaff (*2); Bullfinch; Buzzard; Treecreeper; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Robin; Dunnock; Goldfinch + Jay on call.

Red Dead Nettle was in flower.

 

26th March 2018 - Horton Bank CP, Bradford, W. Yorkshire - An early morning walk around a place that should be ideal but is ruined by litter and neglect. Tis what many do, shit breeding shit, spreading shit and living life as pure 100% losers. We clocked up 17 bird species, these were:- Mute Swan; Magpie; Canada Goose; Mallrd; Coot; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Moorhen; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Great Tit; Wren; Jackdaw; Blue Tit and Little Grebe.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing.

 
25th March 2018 - Wyedale, Derbyshire - A wander, a cup of tea and not much about. A lone Primrose was in flower and 4 Dippers were seen, one of which was a perched up male singing away - what a lovely tune!
 

25th March 2018 - Millers Dale, Derbyshire - A meet up to see Mezereon, a flower overlooked for too long. We saw it thank you to a couple of fine folk, it is a subtle little thing with a nice fragrance. Other blooms noted were:- Colt's-Foot; Barren Strawberry; Dog's Mercury; Dandelion agg and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage.

A couple of Brown Trout were seen; 2 * 7 Spot Ladybirds; the Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and a male Brimstone butterfly. An Early Bumble Bee (Bombus pratorum) was later identified.

 

24th March 2018 - Todbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire - Whilst waiting for a local football match we had a short pootle at this nearby area, the upshot was 22 bird species seen, these being:- Blackbird; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Pied Wagtail; Coot; Mallard; Great Crested Grebe; Canada Goose; Jackdaw; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Chaffinch; Siskin; Magpie; Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Dunnock and Great Tit.

Whaley Bride beat Whythenshawe Town 6 - 1 by the way.

 

19th March 2018 - Wirral CP, The Wirral - Tea and cake and then a 2 hour roam about to finish the day. 35 birds were noted whilst pootling along:- Robin; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Carrion Crow; House Sparrow; Moorhen; Buzzard; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Oystercatcher; Magpie; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Bar Tailed Godwit; Shelduck; Curlew; Redshank; Pintail; Wigeon; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Jay; Black Tailed Godwit; Treecreeper; Greenfinch; Mistle Thrush; Dunlin; Herring Gull; Collared Dove + Goldfinch on call.

Cowslip; Dandelion agg. and Colt's-Foot were in flower, the Ash Key Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) was in profusion on one particular tree and a Small Tortoiseshell had a flit about in the soft breeze.

 

19th March 2018 - West Kirby Marine Lake, The Wirral - The second spot of the day and after a chat with a charming old fella we pootled around to see what we could see. Only 12 birds were noted:- Feral Pigeon; Herring Gull; Pale Bellied Brent Goose (*20); Black Headed Gull; Scaup (2*M/2*F); Pied Wagtail; Turnstone; Redshank; Cormorant; Oystercatcher; Dublin and Carrion Crow.

Danish Scurvygrass was in flower.

 

19th March 2018 - Burton Mere RSPB, The Wirral - Up early and out and about with the first port of call a decent site we hadn't visited for a few years. 54 bird species were noted today in a biting wind that eventually calmed down and brought some milder thermals. The birds seen were:- Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Moorhen; Mallard; Gadwall; Blue tit; Great Tit; Black Headed Gull; Teal; Canada Goose; Greenfinch; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Greylag Goose; Lapwing; Coot; Robin; Cormorant; Redshank; Shoveler; Avocet; Pied Wagtail; Shelduck; Chaffinch; Wren; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Black Tailed Godwit; Marsh Harrier (*2); Tufted Duck; Grey Heron; Pink Footed Goose; Magpie; Little Egret; Wigeon; Pintail; Long Tailed Tit; Pheasant; Whooper Swan; Rook; Stock Dove; Kestrel; Song Thrush; Starling; Oystercatcher; Curlew; Little Grebe; Coal Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Herring Gull; Chiffchaff and Redwing.

Colt's-Foot; Green Alkanet and Blackthorn were all in flower.

 

18th March 2018 - Cutacre CP, Bolton, Lancashire - We don't know this site and missed the main pool in a bitterly cold wind. We didn't hang about either but will be back on a more clement day. The 23 birds seen were:- Lapwing; Magpie; Blackbird; House Sparrow; Wren; Meadow Pipit; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Kestrel; Wood Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Redwing; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Grey Wagtail; Coot; Canada Goose; Gadwall; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Chaffinch and Dunnock.

Plenty of Colt's-Foot was in flower.

 
14th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking to and from work, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets were up close and unflustered by my presence, a Smooth Newt was seen as well as 3 examples of the Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis). Butterbur was now poking through and trying to flower.
 
14th March 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk in the sun, 15 specimens of the Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 55 Honey bees (Apis sp) were seen frequenting ornamental Heather.
 

11th March 2018 - Conder Green, Lancaster, Lancashire - A pop into the local cafe, tea and cake of course and then a wander. 36 bird species were seen, these were:- Song Thrush; Stock Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chaffinch; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Mute Swan; Goosander; Little Egret; Great Black Backed Gull; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Carrion Crow; Teal; Long Tailed Tit; Shelduck; Wren; Grey Heron; Great Tit; Blackbird; Bar Tailed Godwit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Starling; Magpie; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Robin; Curlew; Oystercatcher; Blue Tit; Cormorant; Redshank + Mistle Thrush on call.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee was the first of the year.

 

11th March 2018 - Heysham NR and area, Lancashire - A wonderful walk in fine weather, strolling along hand in hand and just browsing the bird life. 39 species were clocked up:- Blackbird; Oystercatcher; Wood Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; House Sparrow; Redshank; Curlew; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Great Tit; Greenfinch; Magpie; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Robin; Jackdaw; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Herring Gull; Cormorant; Meadow Pipit; Bar Tailed Godwit; Great Crested Grebe; Eider; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Starling; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; Iceland Gull; Grey Plover; Turnstone; Shelduck; Moorhen + Goldcrest and Wren on call.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing, a brace of 7 Spot Ladybirds were seen and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) was feeding on Gorse. A Few Honey Bees (Apis sp) were also feeding away.

 
9th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The first Colt's-Foot flower was seen whilst riding home on the bike - lovely!
 
7th March 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A red letter day in the calendar - the first 2 Drone-Flies of the year, Eristalis tenax both feeding on ornamental Heather - tis a good plant for these early Dipterans.

5th March 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A mooch around this nearby area whilst pedalling about, 28 birds were noted:- Carrion Crow; Song Thrush; Magpie; Jay (4 of which were sat together just above my head chattering away); Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Goldfinch; Goldcrest (feeding on the floor 8ft away and unperturbed); Wren; Redwing; Nuthatch; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Ring Necked Parakeet (at least 4); Goosander; Little Grebe; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Canada Goose; Mistle Thrush; Fieldfare and Starling.

Several Leopard Slugs were noted beneath logs.

 

5th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Out on the bike to feed the birds, I came back filthy but saw 26 twitterers, these were:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Greenfinch; Song Thrush; Fieldfare; Mallard; Redwing; Chaffinch; Robin; Dunnock; Goosander; Wren; Coot; Canada Goose; Grey Wagtail; Blue Tit; House Sparrow; Sparrowhawk; Pied Wagtail; Feral Pigeon; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Great Tit and Long Tailed Tit.

Sweet Violet was now in flower.

 
4th March 2018 - Hope Carr NR, G. Manchester - We used to be regular visitors to this tucked away area many years back but haven't been for quite a while. It has become overgrown which may not be great for birding but which will help invertebrates and mammals. Today's bird list was a decent 39 species, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Buzzard; Carrion Crow; Greenfinch; Blue Tit; Sparrowhawk; Great Tit; Jackdaw; Robin; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Mute Swan; Jay; Coot; Shoveler; Gadwall; Teal; Goosander; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Bullfinch; Feral Pigeon; Tree Sparrow; Grey Wagtail; Goldcrest; Song Thrush; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Goldfinch; Coal Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Meadow Pipit; Oystercatcher + Pheasant on call.
 
4th March 2018 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus just around the main part of the reserve, 47 birds noted which were:- Robin; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Mute Swan; Mallard; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Blackbird; Little Egret; Common Gull; Cormorant; Oystercatcher; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Chaffinch; Lapwing; Dunlin; Teal; Knot; Dunnock; Pochard; Common Snipe; Yellow Legged Gull; Goldeneye; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Bullfinch; Reed Bunting; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Shoveler; Grey Heron; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Shelduck; Herring Gull; Jay; Pied Wagtail; Goosander + Little Grebe; Song Thrush and Cetti's Warbler on call.
 
1st March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A whipping wind, snow falling, the trees and the ground blanketed in icy white - how do the birds survive? I did my bit and fed the tinkers, a Song Thrush mooched in the undergrowth, a small flock of Long Tailed Tits pecked at mossy branches and were joined by a fluttering Goldcrest and 2 female Goosanders rode the river, occasionally dunking their heads in search of a morsel.
 
FEBRUARY
25th February 2018 - Wigan Flashes, G. Manchester - An early morning mooching in bracing weather, 36 birds seen:- Goldeneye; Magpie; Wren; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goldfinch; Robin; Great Tit; Blackbird; Mallard; Mute Swan; Collared Dove; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Mistle Thrush; Grey Heron; Pochard; Goosander; Herring Gull; Greylag Goose; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Kingfisher; Teal; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Bullfinch; Smew and Common Gull.
 
24th February 2018 - Knutsford, Cheshire - Watching some non-league footy - a good flock of Redwing and Fieldfare were seen along with a circling Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, Carrion Crow, a tinkle of Goldfinch and a few Lapwings - tis all good stuff.
 
16th February 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home after a day on a farm. A male and female Sparrowhawk flew over the river and landed in the trees opposite and a couple of pairs of Long Tailed Tits flitted about, no doubt looking for food and a nesting spot.
 

18th February 2018 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - Our daughter was dropped off at the train station and off to London she pootled, back to Uni after a bonus 4 days visit home. We pottered along to this fine location for a stretch and a bit of easy birding. The list was 42 species without too much effort, these were:- Jay; Nuthatch; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Wren; Great Tit; Magpie; Song Thrush; Shelduck; Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Dunnock; Mallard; Moorhen; Goldeneye; Goosander; Greylag Goose; Reed Bunting; Curlew; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mute Swan; Grey Heron; Redwing; Pied Wagtail; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Kestrel; Gadwall; Goldfinch; Sparrowhawk; Bullfinch and Hawfinch (*7) + Jackdaw and Green Woodpecker on call.

A Common Eel was also seen, trying its best to escape the bill of a hungry Cormorant. the tussle went on and on, the Eel was swallowed at one point but was coughed back up. Eventually the bird dived and disappeared - I am sticking to the chippy.

 
16th February 2018 - River Mersey to Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle home from work and out for a 3 mile walk. It was a lovely late winter evening with Lesser Celandine; Shepherd's Purse; Daisy; Dandelion agg and Common Field Speedwell; White Dead Nettle all sporting flowers. A few Redwings were knocking about, several Mistle Thrushes got a last feed in on a nearby playing field and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was checking out a hole perhaps for nesting or maybe a bit of food. The Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) was also noted.
15th February 2018 - Orrell Water Park. G. Manchester - We had had a lovely time at a vintage emporium and on the way home popped in here to feed the birds. There wasn't much about but an escapee Ruddy Shelduck was rather cute. Last time we saw one of these was at Frodsham Marsh when 3 turned up out of the blue. Cracking birds.
14th February 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle ride to feed the birds, it was Valentine's Day, little did I know my knackers would be molesting by the cold hands of Jack Frost. The wind whipped, the hail and snow fell, I saw only 22 species:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mallard; Blue Tit; Goosander; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Grey Heron; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Blackbird; Mistle Thrush and Redwing.
 
4th February 2018 - Hollingworth Lake, G. Manchester - We were driving home and decided to try and beat the last of the light and have a quick pop in here. We came, we met a chap with his telescope on a Glaucous Gull and we had nice views - what a kind gent! He also showed us a Mediterranean Gull amongst the numerous Black Headed Gulls and Common Gulls and the odd Lesser Black Backed Gull. A nice way to finish a good day.
 

4th February 2018 - Wyming Brook NR, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire - The second location of the day and a lovely walk, although we did come back absolutely filthy. 16 birds species were seen, these were:- Robin; Raven; Buzzard; Mallard; Cormorant; Goosander; Moorhen; Siskin; Blue Tit; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Treecreeper; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chaffinch; Great Tit and Wood Pigeon.

The lichens Cladonia conicocrea; Xanthoria parietina; Physcia aipolia; Parmelia saxatilis and Ramalina farinacea were observed.

The galls Andricus foecundatrix and Andricus kollari were also recorded.

2 liverworts were added to the day's findings - Lunularia cruciata and Pellia epiphylla.

Whilst checking through the lichens a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) crawled out from amid the foliage.

 

4th February 2018 - Rivelin Valley NR, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire - We had called off at a favoured haunt for a full-English breakfast (it was a stunner) and called in here first to burn off the calories. A shortish walk but what we did see we thoroughly enjoyed. Only 13 bird species which were:- Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blackbird; Goldcrest; Nuthatch; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Moorhen; Treecreeper; Grey Wagtail; Magpie and Goldfinch.

Wall Rue and Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata) were identified too as well as a few fungi.

JANUARY
 
28th January 2018 - Hollingworth Lake, G. Manchester - An uncommon gull had turned up and twitching is not what we do. Travelling miles and miles to tick off a bird and leave a carbon footprint is not what being an amateur naturalist should be about but seeing that this one was local and we had a chance to have a good wander too I thought it justifiable to go and have a gander. Alas we didn't see it but we had a good walk, a call in at the chippy and a chat to a couple of local folk chomping on tea and toast. We did see 24 bird species, these were:- Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Mute Swan; Mallard; Magpie; Pied Wagtail; Carrion Crow; Starling; Common Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Collared Dove; Herring Gull; Great Black Backed Gull; Blackbird; Greenfinch; Tufted Duck; Goosander; Lapwing; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch and Canada Goose.
 
22nd January 2018 - Wright's Wood NR, Stockport, Cheshire - Mooching for a few fungi - a Raven flew over, Dusky and Large Yellow Slugs were noted and a Wren was flitting about nearby.
 

21st January 2018 - Chorlton WP. G. Manchester - Ghastly weather but we pootled out. 30 bird species were seen, these being:- Jay; Magpie; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Grey Wagtail; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Robin; Collared Dove; Grey Heron; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Greenfinch; Coot; Moorhen; Mallard; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Common Gull and Goldfinch.

 
20th January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride, a miserable day and ruddy perishing, not much about but I did note the following birds:- Jay; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Dunnock; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Moorhen; Redwing; Ring Necked Parakeet; Mistle Thrush; Robin; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Grey Heron; Mallard; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Goosander; Song Thrush and Canada Goose.
 
14th January 2018 - Ardsley Reservoir, Wakefield, W. Yorkshire - It was going dark, we decided to have a quick stretching walk around this 2.45 km loop. Dog walkers were plentiful, the night-time chill was setting in, 13 bird species was the total:- Rook; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Blue Tit; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Common Gull and Long Tailed Tit.
 

14th January 2018 - Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, W. Yorkshire - A walk around the ruined Abbey and a mooch down the river - 13 birds were noted:- Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Magpie; Robin; Blackbird; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Cormorant; Blue Tit; Mallard and Grey Heron.

Snowdrops were in flower.

 

14th January 2018 - Rodley NR, Leeds, W. Yorkshire - An early morning stroll with some tea and cake thrown into the mix. 39 bird species were seen, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Bullfinch; Great Tit; Robin; Dunnock; Magpie; Feral Pigeon; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Moorhen; Gadwall; Grey Heron; Common Gull; Goldcrest; Mute Swan; Teal; Cormorant; Linnet; Blackbird; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Goosander; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Common Pheasant; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting; Pied Wagtail; Stock Dove; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Shoveler and Little Grebe only spotted by my good lady.

White Dead Nettle and Winter Heliotrope were both in flower.

 
8th January 2018 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, Cheshire - A good bike ride in clear sunny skies. 29 bird species were noted, these were:- Dunnock; Wren; Great Tit; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Chaffinch; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Coot; Starling; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Magpie; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Goosander; Robin; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit and Grey Wagtail + Ring Necked Parakeet; Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.
 
7th January 2018 - Shibden CP, Halifax, W. Yorkshire - A 30 minute walk, tea and cake and done for the day. Only 9 birds seen, shocking:- Magpie; Wood pigeon; Jackdaw; Coot; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Blue Tit and Mute Swan.
 
7th January 2018 - Cromwell Bottom NR, Brighouse, W. Yorkshire - A wander with the lasses, frozen and cold with only 21 bird species seen:- Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Buzzard; Canada Goose; Sparrowhawk; Bullfinch; Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Nuthatch; Goldcrest; Mallard; Coal Tit; Black Headed Gull; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Jay; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Robin and Goldfinch.
 
6th January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - An early morn 5 mile bike ride, a male Bullfinch showed his white arse as he flew in front on me and then perched up and Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Yarrow; Ox-Eye Daisy and Thale Cress were noted in flower.
 

5th January 2018 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A walks with a good fellow today who was good company and contributed to a grand day out. Birds listed totalled 42, these being:- Wood Pigeon; Robin; Nuthatch; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Jay; Goldcrest; Coal Tit; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blackbird; Buzzard; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Treecreeper; Wren; Coot; Mallard; Grey Heron; Stock Dove; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Canada Goose; Feral Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Mistle Thrush; Green Woodpecker (*4); Goosander; Goldeneye; Little Grebe; Wigeon; Siskin; Common Gull; Starling and Moorhen + Common Pheasant on call.

4 Short Tailed Voles were seen; a 7 Spot Ladybird was enjoying the sun, a Frog was noted beneath a log as well as the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus).

Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) was identified due to its glossy leaves that look like a cross between a normal Oak Leaf and a Holly Leaf. It is also known as the Evergreen Oak, a very useless pointer.

 

4th January 2018 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride of about 5 miles, I had a wander around this local area but dog walkers dictate and birds are not easy to list. 19 species were noted, these were:- Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Magpie; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Mistle Thrush; Kestrel; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; House Sparrow; Collared Dove; Coal Tit; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Mandarin Duck and Moorhen.

The Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) was noted whilst rolling logs.

 
3rd January 2018 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling back home, Daisy; Red Campion; Wavy Bittercress and Shepherd's Purse all sporting flowers.
 

3rd January 2018 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - On the bike again and after yesterdays soaking today I was duly wind blown so just did a swift 3 miles. It was too wicked for the birds, only 16 species seen:- Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Siskin; Coot; Mallard; Moorhen; Treecreeper; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Robin; Dunnock; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit and Carrion Crow.

The Ash Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) was seen as well as Wood Avens in flower. A Pygmy Woodlouse was also noted beneath a log.

 

2nd January 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - 6 miles on the bike today, 22 bird species seen:- Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Robin; Ring Necked Parakeet; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Grey Heron; Goosander; Grey Wagtail; Chaffinch; Redwing; Starling; Cormorant and Mistle Thrush.

A Grey Squirrel was gutsing itself stupid on the bird feeders, Greater Periwinkle was sporting a fresh flower and only one good bunch of Mistletoe was seen.

 Phytomyza ilicis and Taxomyia taxi were the only 2 galls seen and a Striped Woodlouse was noted whilst looking at fungi as well as a couple of Garden Snails.

 

1st January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A 5 mile cycle ride, 25 birds seen:- Greenfinch; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Grey Heron; Mallard; Goosander; Dunnock; Magpie; Cormorant; Blue Tit; Robin; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Goldfinch; Siskin; Sparrowhawk; Nuthatch; House Sparrow; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Moorhen; Kingfisher and Great Tit.

A Fox was on the edge of a sports field, Large Yellow Slugs were seen beneath a log whilst looking for fungi as well as a good mass of Shiny Woodlice.

Common Gorse; Lesser Celandine and Mahonia were all in flower.