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!


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).

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.

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 (Episyrophus 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.