FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2019
MAY
 
23rd May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 moths in the bathroom:- Garden Carpet and Scalloped Hazel.
 

23rd May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - I finished work early to do some decorating, I called in at a local pond and at a look down the river whilst the sun was out. Odonata seen were:- 21 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 16 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) and 7 Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens).

Only 4 butterfly species were picked up:- Holly Blue (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Orange Tip (*1) and Peacock (*1). 2 moths were noted, these being:- Pyrausta aurata (*3) and Celypha lacunana (*1).

Hoverflies were represented by:- 1 * Myathropa florea; 1 * Episyrphus balteatus and 1 * Xylota segnis.

Other bugs picked up were:- Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristata); Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae); Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius).

Yellow Flag was in glorious flower.

 

22nd May 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Hoverflies are struggling, during my dinner break I could only find 3 species, these were:- Merodon equestris (*4); Episyrphus balteatus (*1) and Epistrophe eligans (*1).

39 Harlequin Ladybirds were seen along with 3 Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 Tree Bees (Bombus hypnorum) and 2 Birch Catkin Bugs (Kleidocerys resedae).

 

20th May 2019 - Etherow CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk with a few friends, I was striving to keep chipper but it was hard work finding much. With good effort and a few rewarding corners we didn't do too bad, we all must try harder though.

Ladybirds seen were:- Harlequin Ladybird (*4); 7 Spot Ladybird (*2); Cream Spot Ladybird (*1); 2 Spot Ladybird (*2); Kidney Spot Ladybird (*1): Orange Ladybird (*1); Eyed Ladybird (*1) and 14 Spot Ladybird (*9).

Hoverflies noted were:- Xylota segnis (*1); Cheilosia impressa (*1); Syrphus ribesii (*1); Episyrphus balteatus (*3); Baccha elongata (*1); Leucozona lucorum (*1); Portevinia maculata (*44); Melanostoma scalare (*3); Meredon equestris (*2); Platycheirus albimanus (*2); Epistrophe eligans (*1);

Other bugs seen were:- Alder Leaf Beetle; 4 * Solomon's Seal Sawfly (Phymatocera aterrima); 2 * Tree Bees (Bombus hypnorum); 2 * Common Carder Bees (Bombus pascuorum); 4 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 2 * Snipe-Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); 2 * Common Nettle Bugs (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 20 * Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 1 * Giant Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 1 *Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 2 Red Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Reed Beetle (Donacia aquatica) and 1 * Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana).

2 Orange Tips; 1 Green Veined White, 1 Speckled Wood and 3 Meadow Longhorn Moths (Cauchus rufimitrella), a Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) and at least 40 Marsh Marigold Moth (Micropterix calthella) were the lepidopteran specimens noted. A Blood-Vein larva and a Copper Underwing larva were later added.

Galls listed were:- Eriophyes similis; Phyllocoptes eupadi; Chirosia betuleti; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Acalitus brevitarsus; Psyllopsis fraxini; Aceria pseudoplatani; Eriophyes leiosoma; Cryptomyzus ribis; Epitrimerus trilobus; Aceria macrochela; Acalitus rudis and Dasineura urticae.

Other odds and sods seen included a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); several Mandarin Ducks, a Wren's nest and a few Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars.

 

19th May 2019 - Errwood Reservoir, Derbyshire - Some birding, species noted were:- Magpie; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Meadow Pipit; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Willow Warbler; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Mallard; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Spotted Flycatcher (*2); Redstart; Wren; Tree Pipit (*2); Robin; Raven; Grey Wagtail; Chaffinch; Wood Pigeon; Pied Flycatcher; Nuthatch; Treecreeper (*4); Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Mistle Thrush; Kestrel; Buzzard; Red Grouse; Curlew (*2); Cormorant; Common Sandpiper and Great Crested Grebe + Cuckoo; Pheasant and Chiffchaff on call.

Flowers in bloom were few, these were:- Cuckooflower; Tormentil; Yellow Pimpernel; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Bluebell; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Wood Sorrel; Bilberry and Germander Speedwell.

Hornbeam was noted with numerous catkins.

Insects seen were:- St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Red and Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Lacehopper (Tachycixius pilosus); Bracken Bug (Monalocoris filicis); Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); Ground Beetle (Pterostichus niger) and Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus).

Moths seen were:- Brown Silver Line (*1); Adela reaurmurella (*2); Ancylis myrtillana (*2); Nematopogon schwarziellus (*1) and Common Heath (*20). 2 Green Hairstreaks were added to the end tally.

 
19th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Mothing was a bit better, species caught were:- Bee Moth (*1); Flame Shoulder (*1); Peach Blossom (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Phoenix (*1); Heart and Dart (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*3); White Shouldered House Moth (*1) and Argyresthia trifasciata (*1).
 

18th May 2019 - Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk under grey skies, bugs seen were:- Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); Common Damsel Bug (Nabis rugosus); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga sercoraria); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Downlooker Snipe-Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); Hairy Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum); Pea Weevil (Sitona lineatus); Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quatuordecimguttata) and the Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus).

Moths seen were:- Diamond Back Moth (*2); Mompha raschkiella (*1) and Cock's Foot Moth (*1).

Hoverflies seen were:- Melanostoma scalare *2; Baccha elongata *1 and Episyrphus balteatus *1.

Today's gall list included:- Eupontania pendunculi; Andricus lignicola; Pontania proxima; Eriophyes laevis; Psyllopsis fraxini; Biorhiza pallida; Aceria pseudoplatani; Aceria macrorhyncha and Phytomyza ilicis.

2 Kingfishers chased each other along the river, a Common Buzzard was mithered by Jackdaws, 3 male Manadarins were seen and a Pied Wagtail.

Flowers in bloom were:- Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup; Large Bittercress; Meadow Buttercup; Red Campion; Herb Robert; Dandelion agg; Ramsons; Garlic Mustard; Common Bistort; Common Vetch; Wood Avens; Greater Stitchwort; Germander Speedwell; Fringe Cups; Bush Vetch; Ribwort Plantain; White Clover; Daisy; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Welsh Poppy; Yellow Pimpernel; Procumbent Pearlwort; Yellow Archangel; Wood Stitchwort; Pink Purslane; Pignut; 3 Nerved Sandwort; Wood Speedwell; Opposite Leaved Saxifrage; Lesser Trefoil; Groundsel; Ground Elder; Common Nettle; Lady's Mantle; Water Avens; Wood Sorrel; Sweet Cicely; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Curled Leaved Dock and Cuckooflower.

Geulder Rose was also in flower.

 
18th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught overnight were:- Bee Moth (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*4) and Tachystola acroxantha (*4) - poor indeed.
 

17th May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - I pootled at the side of a pond after work and in a nearby grassy area. 1 Orange Tip and 1 Common Blue were joined by the moths Ancylis badiana; Diamond Back Moth and a Small Yellow Underwing.

A Large Red Damsel (Phyrrosoma nymphula); 5 Swollen Thigh Beetles (Oedemera nobilis); 1 Tachnid Fly (Gymnocheta viridis); 1 Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); a Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); a Hoverfly (Cheilosia pagana) and the ladybirds:- 7 Spot; 14 Spot and Harlequin were all noted.

A Great Pond Snail (Lymnaea stagnalis) was picked up an examined.

 
16th May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) was on the wing and Curl Leaved Dock (Rumex crispa) was in flower.
 

16th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught overnight were:- Bee Moth (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*2); Tachystola acroxantha (*1) and Common Marbled Carpet (*1).

2 Marmalade Fly's (Episyrphus balteatus), the hoverfly (Syritta pipiens) and a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) were in the garden.

15th May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus) was on a Meadow Buttercup flower and Ground Elder was now in flower.
 
15th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught overnight were:- Bee Moth (*3); Flame Carpet (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*8); Tachystola acroxantha (*5); Brown Line, Bright Eye (*1); Notocelia cynosbatella (*1) and Common Marbled Carpet (*1).
 
14th May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride with the good lady, a few new flowers in bloom for the annual list were:- Celery Leaved Buttercup; Water Speedwell; Brooklime and Bog Stitchwort. A Kingfisher and a Dipper flew by as we watched some Mallards.
 

14th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught overnight were:- Bee Moth (*3); Cinnabar Moth (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*8) and Tachystola acroxantha (*4).

The Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens) and the Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus) were in the garden earlier in the day.

 
13th May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A continuation of the bike ride, Dame's Violet; Horse Radish; Spear Thistle; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill and Burnet Rose were all in flower. Orange Tip (*8) and 'Speckled Wood (*2) were the only butterflies on the wing and I noted a 14 Spot Ladybird.
 

13th May 2019 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - An early morning bike ride and a call off at this location to look for some bugs. Hoverflies noted were:- Cheilosia pagana (*2); Cheilosia variabilis (*1): Rhingia campestris (*1); Baccha elongata (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*2); Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*2); Syrphus ribesii (*1); Leucozona lucorum (*1) and Myathropa florea (*1).

Butterflies noted were few, these being:- Orange Tip (*4) and Speckled Wood (*1). A Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner was also picked out.

Other bugs listed were:- Empis tessalata; Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 4 * 7 Spot Ladbirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 10 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Cream Streaked Ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata); 2 * Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) and 2 * Birch Catkin Bugs (Kleidocerys resedae).

Several galls were also spotted:- Aceria myriadeum; Aceria macrochelus; Andricus curvator; Eriophyes leiosoma; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Eriophyes similis; Psyllopsis fraxini; Taphrina pruni; Eupontania pendunculi and Phytoptus avellanae.

Honeysuckle and Small Leaved Lime were both in flower.

 

12th May 2018 - Mere Sands Wood, Lancashire - A catch up with a few fine folk helping this great reserve run smoothly and then a short wander in the late afternoon sun. Azure Damselfly (*1); Large Red Damselfly (*2); 4 Spotted Chaser (*6) and Broad Bodied Chaser (*1) were freshly emerged and greatly enjoyed.

Alder Leaf Beetle; 7 Spot Ladybird; Cream Streaked Ladybird; 14 Spot Ladybird; Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus); 6 Tree Bees; 2 Hairy Shield Bugs; 2 Orange Tips; 4 Peacocks; 1 Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and a Grey Gorse Piercer (Cydia ulicetana) were the other insects seen.

3 Common Terns, a singing Sedge Warbler and Blackcap and a close up Reed Warbler were the best of the birds.

Geulder Rose; Sheep's Sorrel; Yellow Flag Iris and Bog Bean were a few flowers in bloom and a Smooth Newt and a Toad were also picked out.

The gall (Eriophyes leionotus) was seen on Downy Birch.

In some nearby farmland we saw 2 Corn Buntings, 1 Lapwing, 4 Stock Doves, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Linnets and 4 Red Legged Partridge to round off a decent day out.

 

12th May 2018 - Ainsdale NE, Lancashire - A morning stroll around this quiet area looking for a few bugs. 7 Spot Ladybird (*5); Cream Streaked Ladybird (*1); 14 Spot Ladybird (*2); Harlequin Ladybird (*5) and Cream Spot Ladybird (*1) started things off with several butterflies seen along the way, these being:- Speckled Wood (*8); Orange Tip (*2); Small Copper (*1); Small Heath (*2); Wall Brown (*2); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Green Veined White (*1). 6 Cinnabar Moths were added as well as numerous Grey Gorse Piercer (Cydia ulicetana).

Hoverflies seen were:- Melanostoma scalare (*5); Epistrophe eligans (*2); Syrphus ribesii (*2); Myathropa florea (*2); Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Leucozona lucorum (*2); Xylota segnis (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*3); Baccha elongata (*1); Dasysyrphus albostriatus (*1); Meredon equestris (*2) and Didea fasciata (*1).

Other insect life noted was:- Common Carder Bee (*5); Tree Bee (*1); Common Green Shield Bug (*5); Turnip Sawfly (*1); Northern Dune Tiger Beetle (*2); Meadow Grasshopper (*1); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (*2); Corizus hyoscyami (*2); Ashy Mining Bee (*1); Cantharis rustica (*2); Gorse Seed Weevil (*1); Hairy Shield Bug (*8); Empis tessellata (*5); Parent Bug (*1); Black and Red Froghopper (*2); Pine Cone Bug (Gastrodes grossipes); Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha lignosa); Great Blackcock (Pterostichus niger); Tachnid Fly (Panzeria rudus) and Birch Catkin Bug (*3).

We kept a list of flowers in bloom, these were:- Spring Beauty; Herb Robert; Red Campion; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Dove's Foot Crane's-Bill; Early Forget Me Not; Changing Forget Me Not; Red Dead Nettle; Bush Vetch; Parsley Piert; Cuckooflower; Wood Avens; Creeping Buttercup; Cornsalad; Common Nettle; Common Vetch; Bluebell; Marsh Marigold; Star of Bethlehem; Common Stork's-Bill; Lily Of The Valley; Greater Celandine; Garlic Mustard; Scarlet Pimpernel; Bulbous Buttercup; Hound's-Tongue; Wall Speedwell; Spring Vetch and Wild Strawberry.

Other plants added were:- Common Beech; Hawthorn; Creeping Willow and the moss Cladonia rangiferina.

Plants galls were few:- Andricus curvator; Andricus kollari; Aceria pseudoplatani; Aceria macrorhyncha; Phyllocoptes goniothorax and Andricus forcundatrix were the only ones seen.

Birds seen were:- Buzzard; Carrion Crow; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Pied Wagtail; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Magpie; Red Legged Partridge; Grasshopper Warbler; Skylark; Wheatear (*2); Meadow Pipit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Moorhen and Mallard.

2 Red Squirrels and 1 Frog were added along with 2 fungi made for a list of

 

7th May 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Melanostoma scalare and Epistrophe eligans were the two hoverflies noted hiding from the wind with several species of Ladbird found, these being:- Harlequin, 2 Spot, 7 Spot and 14 Spot.

A couple of Tree Bees (Bombus hypnorum) were feeding on Japanese Rose and several Strawberry Snails were on Common Nettle.

 
6th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - An Angle Shades Moth was in the toilet and later in the day 2 hoverflies frequented the garden between the clouds, these were:- Leucozona lucorum and Cheilosia pagana.
 

6th May 2019 - Millers Dale, Derbyshire - A flower walk, species in bloom were:- Cow Parsley; Sweet Ciceley; Green Alkanet; Red Campion; Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Herb Robert; Garlic Mustard; Bush Vetch; Germander Speedwell; White Dead Nettle; Salad Burnet; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Cornsalad; Ribwort Plantain; Wild Strawberry; Crosswort; Greater Stitchwort; Dog's Mercury; Water Avens; Lords and Ladies; Cowslip; Ramsons; Lesser Celandine; Cuckooflower; Butterbur; Creeping Buttercup; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Sweet Woodruff; Common Gorse; Sanicle; Shining Crane's-Bill; Early Purple Orchid; Lesser Trefoil; Daisy; Rue Leaved Saxifrage; Thale Cress; Bulbous Buttercup; Common Mouse Ear; Tormentil; Goldilocks Buttercup; Wood Anemone; Bugle; Ground Ivy; Meadow Saxifrage; Wood Speedwell and False Yellow Archangel.

Birds were very quiet today, the list of species seen was:- Chiffchaff; Willow Warbler; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Blackcap; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Wren; Grey Wagtail; Canada Goose; Mallard; Mandarin Duck; Jackdaw; Dipper; Moorhen and Robin.

Butterflies noted were few:- Green Veined White (*9); Speckled Wood (*2) and Orange Tip (*5).

Hoverflies spotted were:- Portevinia maculata (*4); Syrphus ribesii (*1); Rhingia campestris (*6); Leucozona lucorum (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*2).

Other bugs added were:- Red and Black Frogger (*31); Hairy Shieldbug (*1); Common Green Shieldbug (*2); Bee Fly (*1); 7 Spot Ladybird (*5); 14 Spot Ladybird (*1); Kidney Spot Ladybird (*1); Yellow Dung Fly (*1); Common Carder Bee (*1) and Nursery Web Spider (*1).

Hawthorn was in flower and sporting the galls Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Phyllocoptes eupadi was on a species of Cherry and beneath several Sycamore leaves was the felt gall (Acera pseudoplatani).

Wall Rue; Wood Melick; Pendulous Sedge; Field Woodrush and the Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) were other things seen.

Several Brown Trout were looking dapper and along with a few fungi completed a good walk that avoided any rain.

 
5th May 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Rubbish weather and fagged out - we stayed home but I did note Episyrphus balteatus and Epistrophe eligans in the garden - better than a kick up the arse methinks.
 
4th May 2019 - Stamford Park, Altrincham, G. Manchester - Football day, the Macron Cup Final so only time for a mooch around a park near the ground. The galls Taphrina pruni and Eriophyes leiosoma were seen, a Speckled Wood was desperately trying to soak up a few rays, 2 Marmalade Flies (Episyrphus balteatus) were on the wing, a lone 7 Spot Ladybird braved the bracing air and several Alder Leaf Beetles picked out. Lime Tree Aphid (Eucallipterus tiliae) was new for the year.
 
3rd May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The plant galls Taphrina pruni on Blackthorn and Phyllocoptes populi a Poplar Tree (Populus sp).  Black Medick was now in flower and of course, I saw a Kingfisher.
 

2nd May 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Shattered today but whilst waltzing home I noted Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Sweet Woodruff and Germander Speedwell in flower and 9 Hairy Shieldbugs (Dolycoris baccarum) on Horse Radish.

The Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica) was also picked out.

The Willow Gall (Pontania pendunculi) was added to the year's listing.

 

1st May 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cryptomizus ribis; Andricus lignicola and Cecidophyes rouhollahi were 2 galls today with a couple of hoverflies added to the days sightings:- Episyrphus balteatus (*1) and Syrphus ribesii (*2).

Horse Chestnut Leaf Miners (Cameraria ohridella) were now on the wing.

APRIL
30th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Lesser Trefoil; Rough Hawk's-Beard; Common Sorrel and Wall Speedwall were now wth blooms, the hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum) was seen on the wing for the first time this year and the gall (Eriophyes leiosoma) was seen on Common Lime.
 

30th April 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Shining Crane's-Bill and Honesty were in good flower and the gall (Aceria erinea) was seen on Walnut leaves. A Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea) was also seen, this one on the leaves of Silver Birch.

Beech was now in flower.

 

29th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Some time spent lurking round a pond resuted in the following sightings:-

Flowers in bloom were:- Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Marsh Marigold; Wood Avens; Creeping Buttercup; Dansdelion agg; Ribwort Plantain; Cow Parsley; Garlic Mustard and Common Mouse Ear. Elder and Hawthorn were also sporting flowers.

Bugs seen were:- 7 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 7 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * 14 Spot Ladybirds (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata); 2 * Corizus hyoscyami; 2 * Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 7 * Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae); 1 * Alder Sawfly (Eriocampa ovata); 2 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) plus the hoverflies:- 1 * Syrphus ribesii; 1 * Baccha elongata; 4 * Melanostoma scalare; 2 * Platycheirus albimanus; 1 * Eristalis pertinax; 1 * Epistrophe eligans; 1 * Eupeodes luniger; 1 * Melangyna cincta and 3 * Episyrphus balteatus.

3 butterflies were seen:- Orange Tip (*1); Comma (*1) and Holly Blue (*1).

It was good to see many Tadpoles around the water's edge - here's to a Frog-Fest!

As I cycled home I saw 3 Orange Tips; 1 Speckled Wood; a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) and another Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).

Wood Stitchwort was in glorious flower.

 

28th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - After a mooch and some shopping I had a quick look at the garden, recently battered after the atrocious weather. The first Holly Blue was on the wing and a Orange Tip settled on top of an Aquilegia flower with several Harlequin Ladybirds prowling about as well as a lone 14 Spot variety.

Hoverflies seen were:- Episyrphus balteatus; Melanstoma scalare and Epistrophe eligans.

A Light Brown Apple Moth was disturbed from vegetation; a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) looked for potenial pollen sources and the Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) was on the right host plant.

 

28th April 2019 - High Rid Reservoir, Bolton, G. Manchester - A sedate walk due to being fagged out, birds noted were:- House Martin; Magpie; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Robin; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Grasshopper Warbler; Carrion Crow; Pied Wagtail; Common Whitethroat; Wood Pigeon; Little Gull; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Swallow; Arctic Tern; Common Tern; Lapwing; Jackdaw; Scaup (F); Stock Dove; Common Sandpiper; Grey Wagtail; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Starling; House Sparrow; Willow Warbler; Goldcrest; Mistle Thrush; Coot; Wren + Blackcap; Chiffchaff and Song Thrush on call.

Pignut was now in flower and Wood Horsetail was looking quite lovely.

7 Orange Tips and 1 Speckled Wood were the butterflies on the wing.

 

25th April 2019 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk with some adult carers from work and a chance to just stroll along and enjoy some wildlife. We spent a couple of hours chatting and relaxing and noted the following blooms:- Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thale Cress; Garlic Mustard; Lord's and Ladies; Cow Parsley; Bluebell; Garden Forget-Me-Not; Herb Robert; Fringe Cups; Ramsons; Marsh Marigold; Large Bittercress; Butterbur; Wood Avens; Red Campion; Ribwort Plantain; Shepherd's Purse; Bush Vetch; Meadow Buttercup; Lesser Celandine; Hogweed; Nipplewort; Wood Anemone and Groundsel.

Bugs were few as the weather was cloudy but we did see 7 Spot Ladybird; Harlequin Ladybird; 14 Spot Ladybird; Alder Leaf Beetle; Common Carder Bee; Orange Tip and 2 hoverflies:- Syrphus ribesii and Melanostoma scalare.

Shiny Woodlice; Black Millipede; Striped Millipede; Dusky Slug and White Lipped Banded Snail were a few extras discussed.

Grey Heron; Moorhen; Canada Goose and Blackcap were noted and Holly; Ivy; Hawthorn; Sycamore and Silver Birch were admired and the plant galls:- Aceria pseudoplatani; Aceria macrorhynca and Phytomyza ilicis were discussed further.

With 9 fungi on the list the short stroll ended with a tally of 59 species and of course tea and cake.

 

24th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Another stroll home on a slightly different route. Hairy Tare; Creeping Buttercup and Rowan were all in flower. 3 galls were new for the year:- Taphrina pruni; Eriophyes sorbi and Protomyces macrosporus.

The Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and the Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii) were also added.

 

23rd April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home, a quartet of 14 Spot Ladybirds were on Nettle, 3 Speckled Woods frequented a Bramble bush, a Orange Tip and a Comma flew around and a Varied Carpet Beetle was on Cow Parsley. The Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) were enjoying the last of the current sunny spell.

Broom and Wood Speedwell were now in flower.

 
23rd April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - More mothing, Bee Moth (*2); Muslim Moth (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Argyresthia trifasciata (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*4); Herald (*1) and Hebrew Character (*2); were the catch of the night. The Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica) was also in the box.
 

22nd April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A touch of mothing, a few species for year:- Bee Moth (*3); Shuttle Shaped Dart (*1); Waved Umber (*1); Hebrew Character (*1); Common Oak Pug (*1); Dyseriocrania subpurpurella (*1) and Yellow Barred Brindle (*1) were the characters on show.

A Small White visited the garden.

 

21st April 2019 - Anderton NR/Marbury CP, Cheshire - A circular walk with the lasses, bird numbers were poor, the list was:- Goldfinch; Magpie; Grey Heron; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Kingfisher; Wren; Blue Tit; Robin; Jackdaw; Kestrel; Jay; Reed Bunting; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Blackcap; Dunnock; Goldcrest; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Mistle Thrush; Stock Dove; Cormorant; Shelduck; Canada Goose + Chiffchaff; Reed Warbler; Willow Warbler and Lapwing on call.

Butterflies noted today were:- Small Tortoiseshell (*1); Peacock (*1); Brimstone (*2); Speckled Wood (*20); Comma (*2) and Orange Tip (*28). 1 moth was seen, the Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella).

Large Red Damselfly (*5) and Azure Damselfly (*1) were now on the wing. Other insects seen were:- Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Gorse Seed Weevil (Apion ulicis); Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana); Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindella campestris); Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and the hoverflies:- Epistrophe eligans; Myathropa florea and Eristalis pertinax. The Nomad Bee (Nomada lathburiana) was later added after some pointers via Facebook.

Wild Strawberry was in good flower.

 

20th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A good bike ride with Laburnum and Red Valerian now both in flower. 9 Orange Tips with fluttering along the side of the tracks, 2 Chiichaffs chased one another and just missed my bike by inches and the Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) made his debut appearance for the year.

2 galls were noted, Biorhiza pallida was on Oak and Eriophyes tiliae was on Lime.

 

20th April 2019 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - Early morn and a pootled around a couple of small sun-kissed glades and found a few things to keep the mind intrigued. Eristalis pertinax (*2); Melanostoma scalare (*2); Baccha elongata (*3); Parasyrphus punctulatus (*1); Epistrophe eligans (*1); Platycheirus tarsalis (*1); Cheilosia pagana (*1) and Helophilus pendulus (*2) were hoverflies noted with 4 Speckled Woods seen and a single Orange Tip. The Conopid Fly (Myopa buccata) was a splendid find and a species I hadn't seen before.

Bird Cherry was now in flower.

 
20th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - 5 moths caught overnight, poor indeed:- Light Brown Apple Moth (*3); Hebrew Character (*1) and Double Striped Pug (*1).
 
19th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - After a morning walk I spent the afternoon in the garden, out of the way whilst my lasses went on a tidying bender. A Orange Tip and a Speckled Wood were seen as well as a Turnip Sawfly and the hoverfly (Parasyrphus punctulatus) was laying eggs on some garden Aquilegia. The Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens) was also seen patrolling a small area.
 

19th April 2018 - Carrington Moss, G. Manchester - A walk with the lasses soaking up the rays and just generally ambling along. I had one eye on the bird life, the end total wasn't impressive but one can't do everything. The birds noted were:- Starling; Magpie; Chaffinch; Chiffchaff; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Coot; Canada Goose; Lapwing; Wren; Song Thrush; Wheatear; Common Whitethroat; Willow Warbler; Skylark; Blackbird; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Blackcap; Fieldfare; Goldfinch; Swallow; Great Tit; Yellowhammer; Robin; Blue Tit and Common Buzzard.

Butterflies noted were:- Speckled Wood (*8); Brimstone (*2); Peacock (*12); Small Tortoiseshell (14); Green Veined White (*1) and Orange Tip (*39).

St Mark's Flies (Bibio marci) were on the wing as was a Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum). 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempuntata) and a lone 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata) were picked out in the vegetation along with a small gathering of Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) on Dock. I only took time to examine 1 hoverfly today - it was Syrphus ribesii.

Flowers in bloom were:- Thale Cress; Sweet Woodruff; Dandelion agg; Garlic Mustard; Groundsel; Red Campion; Common Mouse Ear; White Dead Nettle; Meadow Buttercup; Green Alkanet; Red Dead Nettle; Comfrey agg; Hedge Mustard; Bluebell and Ivy Leaved Speedwell.

 
18th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A sprawl in the garden, 6 species of hoverfly buzzed around:- Episyrphus baltetus; Melanostoma scalare; Parasyrphus punctulatus; Syrphus ribesii; Eupeodes luniger and Eristalis pertinax were the species named. 7 Spot; 22 Spot and Harlequin Ladybirds pootled around and 2 Common Nettle Bugs (Liocoris tripustulatus) were seen too,
 
18th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Bush Vetch; Fringe Cups and Shining Crane's-Bill all in flower as I cycled to and from work.
 

17th April 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk during my dinner break, the findings were few but I needed the chill. Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 2 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); a Hairy Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum), a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) were the main finds of the day.

A Speckled Wood and Small Tortoisehsell were knocking about and Epistrophe eligans was the only hoverfly seen.

 
16th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Aceria campestricola was on Wych Elm leaves.
 

15th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk to pick up the daughter from Uni, Sycamore was now in subtle flower, Goosegrass; Ribwort Plantain and Oxford Ragwort was also sporting pollens producing parts. A Coal Tit was a rare sighting down river, the Kingfisher par for the course.

Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) were getting the best of the early rays. 2 extra Hoverflies seen included Syrphus ribesii and Parasyrphus punctulatus.

A new gall for the year was the common Aceria macrorhynchus.

 

13th April 2019 - Marshside RSPB, Lancashire - An early birding wander, 53 species were noted, these were:- Magpie; Pink Footed Goose; Wood Pigeon; Canada Goose; Little Egret; Willow Warbler; Shoveler; Meadow Pipit; Linnet; Redshank; Black Headed Gull; Wren; Moorhen; Pheasant; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Jackdaw; Black Tailed Godwit; Lapwing; Dunnock; Wigeon; Shelduck; Gadwall; Mute Swan; Goldfinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Skylark; Pintail; Herring Gull; Little Grebe; Avocet; Swallow; Long Tailed Tit; Oystercatcher; Blackbird; Teal; Ruff; Greylag Goose; Curlew; Song Thrush; Pied Wagtail; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Starling; House Sparrow; Collared Dove; House Martin; Great Tit; Barnacle Goose; Buzzard + Chaffinch and Chiffchaff on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Green Alkanet; Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Red Dead Nettle; Common Stork's-Bill; Daisy; Common Mouse Ear; White Dead Nettle; Danish Scurvygrass; Spotted Dead Nettle; Alexanders; Rape; Cow Parsley and Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill.

2 Common Carder Bees (Bombus pascuorum); a Peacock (Aglais io); a couple of 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); a Creeping Thistle Bug (Tingis ampliata) and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) were the few bugs seen.

A Brown Hare and a Short Tailed Vole added extra interest to a lovely bracing wander.

 
12th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Tis all rush at the moment, a single Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) was braving the chill and Wych Elm was laden with many winged fruits. Common Vetch was now in flower and the gall Cecidophyes nudus was found on Wood Avens leaves.
 
11th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 5 species of butterfly were noted:- Peacock (*1); Orange Tip (*4); Speckled Wood (*1); Green Veined White (*1) and Comma (*1).
 
11th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Melanostoma scalare and Platycheirus albimanus were the only Hoverflies seen today - I am rather stretched.
 
10th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A Herald Moth was in the bathroom.
 
10th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home and the Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) colony was increasing with a Nomad Bee taken and identified as Nomada leucophthalma.
 
10th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Acer Felt Gall (Aceria pseudoplatani) is starting to appear and the hoverflies:- Platycheirus albimanus; Parasyrphus punctulatus and Epistrophe eligans were seen.
 
9th April 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A look in the garden when I got home, 3 hoverflies were on show, these being:- Episyrphus balteatus (*2); Platycheirus albimanus (*2) and Eristalis pertinax (*1). A Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) was also hovering about.
 
9th April 2019 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange Tip and a Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus) were seen along with a new hoverfly, namely Parasyrphus punctulatus. Thanks goes to Chris Sellen for ther latter ID.

8th April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport to Fletcher Moss, Cheshire - I was up and out with the lark, I was planning on a short trip but ended up dawdling for 5 hours. Butterflies noted today were:- Peacock (*7); Green Veined White (*1); Small White (*1); Comma (*1); Brimstone (*1); Orange Tip (*10); Speckled Wood (*6) and Small Tortoiseshell (*6).

3 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris); 1 Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 23 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum); 16*7 Spot Ladybirds 1*14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); a Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 2 Common Wasps (Vespa vulgaris); 8 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 2 Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 Tawny Mining Bees (Andrena fulva) and 2 colonies of Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) of at least 60 individuals were the bugs noted in some fine, sunny weather.

Hoverflies seen were:- Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Syrphus torvus (*2); Eristalis intricarius (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*2); Epistrophe eligans (*1); Cheilosia pagana (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); and Platycheirus albimanus (*2).

Cuckooflower; Field Maple; Hogweed were flowers in bloom and considered and a Kingfisher and several Sand Martins were added to the list.

 
7th April 2019 - Sandwell Valley, West Midlands - Another birding walk, we were quite fagged out but strolled at out leisure and saw the following species:- Carrion Crow; Stock Dove; Magpie; Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Oystercatcher; Wood Pigeon; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Feral Pigeon; Coot; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Ring Necked Parakeet; Reed Bunting; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Jackdaw; Little Ringed Plover; Goosander; Gadwall; Mute Swan; Robin; Chiffchaff; Great Crested Grebe; Little Grebe; Blackbird; Herring Gull; Moorhen; White Wagtail plus Blackcap on call.
 

7th April 2019 - Upton Warren, Worcestershire - Birds seen during a lovely stroll were:- Grey Heron; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Little Egret; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Kestrel; Herring Gull; Oystercatcher; Greenfinch; Little Grebe; Reed Bunting; Gadwall; Cormorant; Greylag Goose; Blackcap; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Tufted Duck; Pied Wagtail; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Jackdaw; Sand Martin; Mute Swan; Wood Pigeon; Blackcap; Dunnock; Great Tit; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Robin; Wren; Blue Tit; Avocet; Teal; Lapwing; Shelduck; Moorhen; Stock Dove; Starling; Little Ringed Plover (*3); Shoveler; Goldfinch; Chiffchaff; plus Bullfinch; Greenfinch; Cetti's Warbler and Willow Warbler on call.

A Great Crested Newt was a surprise; the Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and a brace of Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) were good to add on the days listing.

 

6th April 2019 - West Moor, Somerset - An evening walk after some Non-League football, Chaffinch; Rook; Herring Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Jackdaw; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Mallard; Mute Swan; Blackbird; Blackcap (M/F); Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; House Sparrow; Collared Dove; Magpie; Carrion Crow plus Pheasant; Chiffchaff; Song Thrush and Wren on call.

Honesty was in flower.

 

6th April 2019 - Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset - A wonderful morning looking at bird life at this splendid reserve. Birds seen were:- Collared Dove; Blue Tit; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Sand Martin; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blackcap; Bittern; Little Egret; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Coot; Shoveler; Pochard; Teal; Cetti's Warbler; Lapwing; Buzzard; Carrion Crow; Garganey (2*M/1*F); Cormorant; Gadwall; Mute Swan; Moorhen; Great White Egret; Little Grebe; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Willow Warbler; Reed Bunting; Grey Heron; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Robin; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Marsh Harrier (2*M); Greylag Goose; Coal Tit; Wren plus Song Thrush; Bullfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest on call.

Butterflies seen were:- Brimstone (*1); Orange Tip (*3); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Peacock (*3),

Other bugs noted were:- The Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

 

5th April 2019 - Woodchester Park NT, Gloucestershire - A good stretch of the legs at a fine place where people were almost absent, that will do me. Wood Spurge; Stinking Hellebore and Wood Anemone were in flower along with Ground Ivy; Primrose; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Dandelion agg.

A Raven flew by and the Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) was noted.

 

5th April 2019 - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire - A fine walk taking in the birds both captive and in the wild. From the wild-side 46 bird species were noted:- Magpie; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Rook; Black Headed Gull; House Sparrow; Buzzard; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chiffchaff; Blackbird; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Feral Pigeon; Coot; Moorhen; Mallard; Herring Gull; Black Tailed Godwit; Tufted Duck; Oystercatcher; Shoveler; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Avocet; Gadwall; Cormorant; Lapwing; Skylark; Common Crane; Curlew; Peregrine Falcon; Mute Swan; Common Tern; Robin; Greenfinch; Sand Martin; Goldfinch; Collared Dove; Grey Heron; Little Egret; Redshank; Bewick's Swan plus Blackcap; Willow Warbler; Wren and Dunnock on call.

Lords and Ladies and Spotted Dead Nettle were in flower and Pendulous Sedge was producing pollen from the dangling heads.

 

1st April 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk into Stockport to do some shopping, I strolled home and noted the following birds:- Blue Tit; Blackbird; Kingfisher; Sand Martin (*7); Wren; Dipper; Feral Pigeon; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; Bullfinch; Great Tit; Magpie; Canada Goose; Goldfinch; Robin and Wood Pigeon.

Corn Salad and American Wintercress were in flower and Field Horsetail was getting quite tall and ready to produce its fern-like growth.

A new gall for the year, namely Eriophyes crataegi - we are ticking along nicely.

 
MARCH
 

31st March 2019 - Leverhulme Park Nature Reserve, Bolton, Lancashire - A pleasant hour speny checking out a small area and coming up with some lovely sightings. 2 Roe Deer let us get fairly close before scampering away into the undergrowqth and a splendid Mistle Thrush and equally attractive Song Thrush were also viewed up close.

3 Bullheads were seen in the river, one of which was caught in a tub, identified and released. A Lone 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 2 Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) were the only bugs observed and Sweet Cicely and Common Ash were both in flower.

 

30th March 2019 - Swallownest, Rotherham, W. Yorkshire - Attending a football match and outside the ground was the year's first Small White Butterfly whilst inside the ground I noted 18 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and the Hoverfly (Eupeodes luniger).

Slender Speedwell was in fine flower.

 

30th March 2019 - Rother Valley CP, Sheffield, W. Yorkshire - An early morning walk in glorious sun, 36 birds were noted:- Mallard; Canada Goose; Magpie; Mute Swan; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Blackcap; Long Tailed Tit; Goosander; Buzzard; Blue Tit; Chiffchaff; Coot; Tufted Duck; Coal Tit; Bullfinch; Jay; Robin; Wigeon; Great Tit; Dunnock; Great Crested Grebe; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Gadwall; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Reed Bunting; Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Jackdaw + Greenfinch; Wren and Song Thrush on call.

Common Whitlow Grass; Cowslip; Lesser Celandine; White Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg ands Ground Ivy were in flower,

18 Gorse Shield Bugs (Piezodorus lituratus) were enjoyed the sun as well as a couple of 2 Spot Ladybirds (Adalia bipunctata), 7 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 Tawny Mining Bees (Andrena fulva); 3 Gorse Seed Weevils (Apion ulicis) and 1 Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris).

1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell were the only butterflies observed.

 

29th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Busy, busy times but the River Mersey always gives me time to consider the natural world.  2 Red Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus lapidarius); 1 Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) and a trio of 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata).

3 Commas and 2 Peacocks were the butterflies on the wing and brought, as per, a smile to my face.

 
25th March 2019 - Fletcher Moss to Northenden, G. Manchester - A continuation of the bike ride, 4 Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae); 2 Red Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus lapidarius); a squawking Jay (Garrulus grandarius) and a Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) were enjoyed, a pair of Goosander (Mergus merganser) were in tip-top condition and many common blooms were appreciated.
 
25th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A good bike ride, down the first stretch of the river I noted:- 5 Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae); 1 Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album); 1 Brimstone (Goneopteryx rhamni); 2 Common Carder Bees (Bombus pascuorum); a few Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and a Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus) were all nice to see as the sun shone down and blessed my bonse.
 

24th March 2019 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A brief walk before we had a good rest. A couple of Red Velvet Mites (Trombidium sp) were seen whilst rolling logs and then 5 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 Drone Flies (Eristalis pertinax); 1 Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis); 1 Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); 1 Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and 5 Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) were added to the day's sightings.

2 Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae) were enjoying the sunshine.

 

23rd March 2019 - Eccleshall, Staffordshire - A walk around some waste ground and along some country lanes checking the hedgerows, the result was:- 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major); 7 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris); 44 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 Hairy Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 40 Pied Shieldbugs (Tritomegas bicolor); 3 Dead Nettle Leaf Beetles (Chrysolina fastuosa); 1 Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 2 * Clarke's Mining Bees (Andrena clarkella); 2 Tawny Ming Bees (Andrena fulva); 1 Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae) and 2 Nursery Web Spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) and 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).

The white form of Red Dead Nettle was seen along with several Field Pansies in flower. Not bad for a short walk.

 

23rd March 2019 - Doxey Marshes, Staffordshire - An early morning wander with 46 birds noted, these being:- Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Canada Goose; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Wren; Grey Heron; Lapwing; Coot; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Teal; Cetti's Warbler; House Sparrow; Dunnock; Reed Bunting; Gadwall; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Cattle Egret; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Starling; Robin; Mute Swan; Little Egret; Shoveler; Moorhen; Long Tailed Tit; Cormorant; Great White Egret; Black Headed Gull; Goosander; Greenfinch; Treecreeper; Stock Dove; Mistle Thrush; Kestrel; Buzzard + Chaffinch; Skylark; Bullfinch and Pheasant on call.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); 7 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) were the only bugs seen with 10 spawning Frogs and 2 Toads nice extras.

Grape Hyacinth; White Dead Nettle and a white variety of Bluebell were all in flower.

 

21st March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk down the river after dropping the bike off for some brake repairs. A Brown Rat was noted as well as 7 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis). Grape Hyacinth; Toothwort; Hairy Bittercress; Hornbeam and Laurel were all in flower and the regulation Kingfisher was seen once again.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was seen too.

 

20th March 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 21 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 6 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum); 4 * Honey Bees (Apis mellifera); 8 * Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina); 2 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae) and 2 Nursery Web Spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) were all noted whilst wandering the streets in my dinner break.

9 examples of the Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) threw me as a few were were mating on a Rhododendron bush - how odd! The Garden Cosmet Moth (Mompha jurassicella) was new for the year.

 

19th March 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 12 * Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina); 10 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata); 16 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hairy Eyed Hoverfly (Syrphus torvus) and 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) - not bad for a dinnertime stroll.

The Mining Bee (Andrena nigroaenea) was added to the list after some on-line assistance.

 

18th March 2019 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - Marsh Marigold was in stunning bloom, Barren Strawberry was putting on a fine show and a splendid Hawthorn Shieldbug was a nice surprise. A couple of Great Blackcock Beetles (Pterostichus niger) were later identified and 3 specimens of another Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis) were added to the small tally.

A Common Toad and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker were also noted as the rain fell from the dreary skies.

 
18th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Ramsons is now in flower, always a nice annual moment. a Chiffchaff was heard, a couple of 7 Spot Ladybirds were on some fresh Common Nettle leaves and a brace of Dock Weevils (Apion frumentarium) were seen.
 

17th March 2019 - Worsbrough CP, W. Yorkshire - The second walk of the day, 24 birds were noted:- Robin; Mallard; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Grey Heron; Goosander (*7); Great Crested Grebe (*8); Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Carrion Crow; Coot; Blackbird; Kingfisher; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Pheasant; Dunnock; Grey Wagtail + Goldcrest; Bullfinch and Goldfinch on call.

An Early Bumble Bee (Bombus pratorum) did well to brave the cold and Primrose; Wood Anemone and Dog's Mercury were flowers considered.

 

17th March 2019 - Old Moor RSPB, W. Yorkshire - A trip back to a haunt we hadn't visited for a quite a few years. The wander was in a brisk breeze with sunshine and showers the order ofthe day. 47 birds were seen, these were:- Canada Goose; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Stock Dove; Magpie; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Robin; Dunnock; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Barn Owl; Gadwall; Moorhen; Tufted Duck; Little Grebe; Pochard; Teal; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Kestrel; Greylag Goose; Wigeon; Pheasant; Shoveler; Jackdaw; Goosander; Shelduck; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Redshank; Lapwing; Oystercatcher; Long Tailed Tit; Black Tailed Godwit; Green Sandpiper; Reed Bunting; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Collared Dove; Dunnock; Brambling; Wren and Tree Sparrow.

3 Gorse Shieldbugs were seen soaking up the odd sunny spell and Ground Ivy was seen in flower.

 

11th March 2019 - Parkgate, The Wirral - We were clemmed so a visit to the chippy was had and a nice wander, birds seen were:- Great White Egret (*2); Hen Harrier (*1 ringtail); Short Eared Owl (*5); Teal; Oystercatcher; Wigeon; Mallard; Little Egret; Jackdaw; Grey Heron; Starling; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Redshank; Song Thrush; Carrion Crow; Pink Footed Goose; Canada Goose; Common Buzzard; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Pheasant; Goldfinch; Coot; Pied Wagtail and Long Tailed Tit.

Alexanders was now in flower and a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) was seen enjoying the blooms as well as the Drone-Fly (Syrphus torvus). 2 Devil's Coach Horses were alos seen.

 

11th March 2019 - Burton Mere RSPB, The Wirral - A day off work so out and about we went. 53 birds were noted at this fine reserve, the list of species was:- Stock Dove; Reed Bunting; Linnet; Rook; Oystercatcher; Pintail; Long Tailed Tit; Marsh Harrier; Jackdaw; Little Grebe; Song Thrush; Magpie; Pheasant; Dunnock; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Spotted Redshank; Wren; Grey Heron; Barnacle Goose; Redshank; Shelduck; Greylag Goose; Curlew; Little Egret; Common Gull; Common Buzzard; Black Tailed Godwit; Pink Footed Goose; Starling; Greenfinch; Lapwing; Cormorant; Wood Pigeon; Avocet; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Canada Goose; Shoveler; Gadwall; Coot; Wigeon; Moorhen; Teal; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Great White Egret; Robin and Cetti's Warbler on call.

A Brown Hare looked mighty grand, Colt's-Foot and Green Alkanet was in good flower and a Harlequin Ladybird was noted.

 

9th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus), False Ladybird (Endomychus coccineus) and the lovely green and orange Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis) were nice to see along with 3 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) and the first Cowslip flowers of the year.

Another Smooth Newt was seen.

 
8th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Platynus assimilis was a new beetle for us, I did need some on-line help though.
 
7th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Lungwort was now in flower, Field Wood Rush was up and looking lovely and a Smooth Newt was unexpected.
 
5th March 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A few firsts for the year today, Wood Anemone and Butterbur in flower and on the leaves of Broad Leaved Dock I found the Weevil (Apion frumentarium).
 
5th March 2019 - Heaton Mersey Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Otiorhynchus salicicola was a weevil found whilst typing in the office - far from a common species too.
 

4th March 2019 - Alexander Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - With many things to do I only had time to pop to this local park. 21 bird species were seen, these were:- Coot; Mallard; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Black Headed Gull; Robin; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Magpie; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; House Sparrow; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Pied Wagtail; Nuthatch and Long Tailed Tit.

I also saw a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

Common Cord Moss (Funaria hygrometrica) was later identified via some kind on-line folk.

 

3rd March 2019 - Flixton/William Wroe Golf Course, G. Manchester - We met up with a fellow nature moocher and his son, he led us around someone's garden that had the potential to become a nature reserve. I didn't keep a comprehensive list as it was primarily a reccie and the weather was rubbish but we saw a Buzzard, some Rough and Shiny Woodlice; a Garden Snail plus Groundsel; Thale Cress; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Lesser Cleandine; Red Dead Nettle and Common Whitlow Grass in flower.

Moving on to the golf course we saw the years first 22 Spot Ladybird and Common Frog plus a 7 Spot Ladybird; Harlequin Ladybird and the Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

 
FEBRUARY
 
27th February 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Eristlis pertinax and Meliscaeva auricollis were the hoverflies seen, 2 Common Toads and a Smooth Newt were tucked up under some logs and 15 Daffodil Fly's (Norellia spinipes) were picked out on their host plant.
 
26th February 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Yes, yes, and double yes - the year's first Chiffchaffs were seen with 1 calling and blessing my soul. I also saw a Comma Butterfly, a Tree Bee and a Harlequin Ladybird.
 
25th February 2019 - River Mersey, Northenden, G. Manchester - Whilst riding the bike I noted a Comma Butterfly resting on a sunny sandbank and took a break to have a read. I parked up near a log and peeled back a bit of bark, 3 Violet Ground Beetles (Carabus problematicus) were found plus a Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia).
 

25th February 2019 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A good 16 mile bike ride, I had a short stroll around this area, 23 bird species were seen:- Wood Pigeon; Robin; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Coal Tit; Willow Tit (*3); Long Tailed Tit; Gadwall (*41); Tufted Duck; Coot; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Chaffinch; Little Grebe; Common Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Song Thrush; Kingfisher and Blackbird.

An Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) was noted creeping along a tree trunk.

 
25th February 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 Small Tortoiseshells were seen along the riverbank - the first of the year - lovely!
 
24th February 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The year's 2nd moth was seen today, a Clouded Drab - slowly does it!
 

23rd February 2019 - Brockholes LWT, Lancashire - A lovely day out starting with a breakfast and some birding at this pleasant reserve. 49 bird species were noted, these were:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Canada Goose; Great Tit; Reed Bunting; Magpie; Meadow Pipit; Blackbird; Pied Wagtail; Long Tailed Tit; Oystercatcher; Dunnock; Coot; Redwing; Robin; Lapwing; Tufted Duck; Teal; Goldeneye; Grey Heron; Goosander; Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Shoveler; Black Headed Gull; Goldfinch; Wren; Chaffinch; Mute Swan; Moorhen; Mallard; Gadwall; Redshank; Kingfisher; Starling; Curlew; Little Egret; Nuthatch; Buzzard; Coal Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Ringed Plover; Kestrel; Common Gull + Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest on call.

A Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); a Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 31*7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) were added to the day's listing.

Colt's-Foot was in wonderful bloom and gave the opportunity of seeing the year's first butterfly, a Comma.

 

21st February 2019 - Heaton Moor/Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A couple of new species for the year, Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) were enjoyed along with the hoverflies Meliscaeva auricollis and Eristalis tenax. A pair of 7 Spot Ladybirds were noted on the way home and 2 Honey Bees (Apis mellifera).

 

20th February 2019 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - I pootled in the dinner hour and found a few interesting things beneath bark, the best being 3 Hairy Snails (Trochulus hispidus), a Springtail (Dicyrtomina ornata) and a Ground Nettle Bug (Heterogaster urticae) - tis good to mooch.

 

18th February 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A ride down stream planting some seeds and feeding the birds, 27 bird species were seen:- Feral Pigeon; Wren; Greenfinch; Cormorant; Ring Necked Parakeet; Black Headed Gull; Pied Wagtail; Long Tailed Tit; Mistle Thrush; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Dipper; Carrion Crow; Kingfisher; Goosander; Blackbird; Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Robin; Mallard; Song Thrush and Magpie.

Red Dead Nettle; Pineappleweed; Rape and Feverfew were in flower.

 

17th February 2019 - Parrs Wood Environmental Centre, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A potter down to catch up with some nice folk and to pick up a clump of Michaelmas Daisies. We had a stoll, 6 Redwing fled from a berry laden tree, 4 Smooth Newts were seen, a Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and a Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax). Beneath a stone a Harlequin Ladybird was seen and beneath alog we found a Budapest Slug.

Thale Cress was in flower.

 

11th February 2019 - Reddish Vale CP, G. Manchester - On the bike today and I forgot the ruddy binoculars. I pootled and saw 27 birds anyway, these were:- Goldcrest; Jay; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Great Tit; Black Headed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Pied Wagtail; House Sparrow; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Song Thrush; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Collared Dove; Canada Goose; Chaffinch; Coot; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Feral Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Mandarin Duck; Pochard; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe and Ring Necked Parakeet.

5 Honey Bees (Apis sp) and 1 Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) frequented a patch of Gorse that was sportinga few blooms.

 
10th February 2019 - Rimrose Valley, Merseyside - A walk to keep the blood circulating and in truth there was very little to see. 13 birds only:- Magpie; Common Buzzard; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Herring Gull; Chaffinch; Starling; Black Headed Gull and Great Tit.
 

10th February 2019 - Crosby Marina, Merseyside - A birding browse in the breeze, 39 species noted:- Black Headed Gull; Pied Wagtail; Oystercatcher; Carrion Crow; Starling; Redshank; Herring Gull; Mute Swan; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Feral Pigeon; Pochard; Black Tailed Godwit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Goldeneye; Skylark; Curlew; Turnstone; Knot; Great Black Backed Gull; Shelduck; Meadow Pipit; Magpie; Shoveler; Teal; Robin; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Goldcrest; Greenfinch; House Sparrow; Collared Dove; Song Thrush; Long Tailed Tit; Goldfinch and Dunnock.

The only other thing noted were masses of Common Barnacles.

 

9th February 2019 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Birds seen were:- Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Magpie; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Blackbird; Dunnock; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Mistle Thrush; Redwing; Canada Goose; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; Grey Wagtail; Ring Necked Parakeet; Bullfinch and Treecreeper.

A fine English Yew was admired, a 7 Spot Ladybird was seen clinging onto an Ash branch and the Wall Screw Moss (Tortula muralis) was common.

 

4th February 2019 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A swift walk, not much seen, 14 bird species, these being:- Great Spotted Woodpecker; Greenfinch; Robin; Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Coal Tit and Nuthtach.

A Common Shrew was a delight and the gall Taxomyia taxi expected.

 

3rd February 2019 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - An early morning walk started in icy conditions and ended in fine sunshine that was quite warm. 53 bird species were seen, these being:- Herring Gull; Grey Heron; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Robin; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Song Thrush; Carrion Crow; Collared Dove; Feral Pigeon; Bullfinch; Meadow Pipit; Little Egret; House Sparrow; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Pied Wagtail; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Shoveler; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Common Gull; Little Grebe; Jackdaw; Wren; Woodcock; Coal Tit; Great Black Backed Gull; Cormorant; Grey Wagtail; Goldeneye; Scaup (1*M/2*F); Gadwall; Teal; Water Rail (*2); Lapwing; Starling; Pink Footed Goose; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goosander; Pheasant; Reed Bunting; Brambling (1*F); Willow Tit and Lesser Redpoll.

2 Roe Deer were seen as well as a Fox that was in fine condition.

 
1st February 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Hart's Tongue Fern and 2 lichens (Candelariella vitellina) and (Physcia aipolia) were noted.
 
JANUARY
 

28th January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The usual walk from front door to Didsbury Bridge counting every bird. The list was as follows:- Nuthatch (*1); Wood Pigeon (*25); Magpie (*9); Robin (*7 + 2 on call); Carrion Crow (*17); Long Tailed Tit (*4); Goldfinch (*4); Mallard (*8); Kingfisher (*1); Blue Tit (*5); Feral Pigeon (*4); Great Tit (*4); Pied Wagtail (*3); Wren (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Chaffinch (*3); Blackbird (*5); Redwing (*6); Dunnock (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Jackdaw (*14); Moorhen (*3); Black Headed Gull (*15); Cormorant (*2); Goosander (*5); Mistle Thrush (*1); Fieldfare (*1); Sparrowhawk (*1) and Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1). That's 155 birds of 29 species.

3 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) were soaking up a few rays, 2 Marmalade Flies (Episyrphus balteatus) were on the wing as wqell as a Syrphus species I couldn't get close enough to ID.

A fresh Dandelion agg. was in flower as was Sweet Violet; Hogweed and Lesser Celandine.

 

27th January 2019 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, Cheshire - A quick pootle with the wind whooshing. Several Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) were hiding beneath some bark and a Bullfinch was noted flying by. I was rather rushed today!

Cladonia coniocraea was identified later using the usual key.

 
26th January 2019 - Loynton Moss NR, Staffordshire - The second site of the day, very quiet but a lovely walk was had. Besides fungi we saw a fine mass of Snowdrops in flower, a good flock of Fieldfare; a spiralling Common Buzzard and 4 Jays amongst others. Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) was plentiful.
 

26th January 2019 - Aqualate Mere NR, Staffordshire - A tidy stroll after the weather had kindly cleared with only 20 bird species seen:- Goldfinch; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Canada Goose; Wren; Mallard; Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Coot; Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Common Buzzard; Robin; Chaffinch ands Goldeneye.

The Fungus Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii) was a nice extra along with a few fungi. Ramalina farinacea was a lichen identified.

 
21st January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A Kingfisher was the only thing noted whilst I pootled along on the bike.
 

20th January 2019 - Astley and Chat Mosses, G. Manchester - A stroll in fine weather, a few birds seen, these were:- Kestrel; Common Buzzard; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blackbird; Starling; Yellowhammer (*4); Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Wren; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Moorhen; Mallard; Sparrowhawk; Dunnock; Stonechat and House Sparrow.

Daisy, Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Shepherd's Purse; Greater Periwinkle and Pineappleweed were in flower and a couple of 7 Spot Ladybirds were seen.

 

14th January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride, Common Ragwort, a Common Toad and the years first Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the highs from a bikeride and a mooch.

 

13th January 2019 - Poynton Pool, Stockport, Cheshire - Some birding to the usa ticking over. Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Mallard; HouseSparrow; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; Redwing; Starling; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Wren; Coot; Goosander; Herring Gull; Tufted Duck; Goldfinch; Mute Swan and Wigeon made up the small but enjoyable list.

Winter Heliotrope was in flower and some Oak Marble Galls (Andricus kollari) were noted.

 

10th January 2019 - Heaton Mersey Nature Reserve, Stockport, G. Manchester - 14 birds were seen on a dinnertime stroll:- Starling; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Blackbird; Robin; Magpie; Song Thrush; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Bullfinch; Mallard and Goldcrest.

The Ash Key Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) and Crescent Cup Liverwort (Lulularia cruciata) were noted as well.

 

7th January 2019 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - A walk that started under grey skies and ended soon after under horrible rain. 35 species of bird were recorded before we dashed for cover, these were:- Robin; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Blackbird; Black Headed Gull; Bullfinch; Mallard; Coot; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Goosander (*4); Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Little Egret (*4); Grey Heron; Magpie; Starling; Jackdaw; Teal; Long Tailed Tit; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Pied Wagtail; Greenfinch + Wren on call.

Hedge Mustard was showing a few shabby flowers.

 
6th January 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A day catching up - A Brown Lipped Banded Snail and a Garden Snail were seen in the garden and Lesser Periwinkle was in decent flower!
 

5th January 2019 - Eastham CP, The Wirral - Another quiet stroll with few folk about. There weren't many birds either but we did see the following:- Magpie; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Nuthatch; Coal Tit; Robin; Great Tit; Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Goldcrest; Wren; Redshank; Cormorant; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Jay; Shelduck; Curlew; Lapwing; Common Gull; Oystercatcher; Grey Heron; Feral Pigeon and Chaffinch.

Red Dead Nettle and Common Ragwort were both holding a few flowers.

 

5th January 2019 - Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve, The Wirral - An early morning walk with the missus at a very quiet area. Birds noted were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Great Tit; Mallard; Song Thrush; Redwing; Robin; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Nuthatch; Wren; Teal; Buzzard; Moorhen + Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

Hart's-Tongue Fern was looking splendid in some ofthe damper areas.

 

4th January 2019 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A roam with a keen bod and after picking out a bundle of fungi a few birds were listed too:- Magpie; Ring Necked Parakeet; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Robin; Treecreeper; Nuthatch; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Grey Wagtail; Dunnock; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Bullfinch; Redwing; Chaffinch and Jay.

Whilst rolling a few logs we noted:- Budapest Slug; Large Yellow Slug; Dusky Slug and some stonking Leopard Slugs. Variegated Centipede, Shiny Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse and Striped Woodlouse were expected as was a Garlic Snail. A Birch Shieldbug was a nice extra.

Wood Avens; Green Alkanet; White Dead Nettle; Nipplewort and Greater Periwinkle were in flower and Mistletoe was looking good.

Taxomyia taxi and Phytomyza ilicis were the only galls noted.

 

3rd January 2019 - Carsington Water, Derbyshire - The usual 8 mile walk around this nice area produced a list of 49 bird species, these were:- Blackbird; Magpie; Canada Goose; Robin; House Sparrow; Greylag Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Teal; Lapwing; Blue Tit; Willow Tit; Little Grebe; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Mallard; Tree Sparrow; Great Tit; Gadwall; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Pheasant; Dunnock; Great Crested Grebe; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Redshank; Pied Wagtail; Jay; Coal Tit; Bullfinch; Cormorant; Great Northern Diver; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Song Thrush; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Moorhen; Fieldfare; Wren; Barnacle Goose; Mute Swan; Meadow Pipit; Great Black Backed Gull and Dunlin.

As I took a leak in the undergrowth I saw a Rabbit watching me and Red Campion and Hazel were in flower.

 

2nd January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A 3 hour wander feeding and counting the birds from the front door to Didsbury Bridge, the totals were:- Starling (*4); Feral Pigeon (*3); Wood Pigeon (*20); Goldfinch (*15); Robin (*7 + 1 on call); Magpie (*16); Blackbird (*12); Song Thrush (*4 + 1 on call); Great Tit (*7); Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Blue Tit (*7); Wren (*2 + 1 on call); Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 on call); Redwing (*2); Mallard (*23); Black Headed Gull (*200+); Dunnock (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Bullfinch (*2); Goosander (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Moorhen (*6); Common Gull (*3); Carrion Crow (*12); Buzzard (*1); Canada Goose (*17); Cormorant (*1); Pied Wagtail (*4); Coal Tit (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Jackdaw (*2); House Sparrow (*1); Mistle Thrush (*6) and Nuthatch (*1). That's 400 birds of 34 species, very enjoyable indeed.

Groundsel; Common Mouse Ear; Pineappleweed; Scentless Mayweed and Common Field Speedwell were sporting flowers, a Brown Rat was seen pilfering some bird seed and Striped Woodlice; a Pygmy Woodlouse; a Garlic Snail and a cluster of hibernating Garden Snails were also added to the list.

Cock's-Foot Grass was looking in fine fettle in the odd tucked away spot.

 

1st January 2019 - Bathpool Park, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - The second walk of the day with the good lasses. Only 13 species of bird on show:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Tufted Duck; Coot; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Great Tit; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock and Blackbird.

Gorse was in flower; Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata) observed and Groundsel held a few weak blooms.

 

1st January 2019 - Knypersley Reservoir, Biddulph, Staffordshire - The first walk of the year, a nice stroll with 26 species of bird seen:- Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Brambling (7*F/1*M); House Sparrow; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Coal Tit; Robin; Mallard; Goosander (3*F); Grey Heron; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; Coot; Dunnock; Canada Goose; Carrion Crow; Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk.

Shepherd's Purse; Ox-Eye Daisy; Bramble agg; Daisy; Hogweed; Dandelion agg and Herb Robert were all in flower.

Many Squirrels were pilfering the scattered bird food and Shiny and Rough Woodlice were seen.