FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2021
 
MAY
 
13th May 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Eriophyes leiosoma is now out on the leaves of Lime.
 
13th May 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) paid a visit to the bathroom - it was rather chilly.
 
12th May 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) and 9 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) were absorbing the reflective rays on a Laurel bush.
 
11th May 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Kingfisher and a female Goosander were seen walking home - good local friends.
 

10th May 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - More grdening and after flattening some drainage channels via using my bike I cracked on. During the jaunt I noted a few birds:- Blackbird (*2); Starling (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*3); Mistle Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1) and Wren (*1).

Blooms recorded were:- Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Slender Speedwell; Creeping Buttercup; Fringe Cups; Laburnum; Hawthorn; and Shepherd's Purse.

A Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata) and 3 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) were joined by a few Hoverfly species:- Melanostoma scalare; Platycheirus albimanus and Epistrophe eligans.

Aceria cephalonea and Phyllocoptes goniothorax were 2 galls observed.

 

9th May 2021 - Bishop Monkton Railway Cutting NR, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire - A small but intriguing reserve that was visited late in the day under flimsy cloud. Flowers out were:- Lady's Mantle agg; Ribwort Plantain; Wild Strawberry; Germander Speedwell; Lords and Ladies; Garlic Mustard; Bugle; Lesser Celandine; Hairy Bittercress; Cow Parsley; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Crosswort; Bush Vetch; Common Dog Violet; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Cowslip and Water Avens.

A few birds noted were:- Red Legged Partridge (*2); Stock Dove (*4); Blackcap (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Blackbird (*1) and Jackdaw (*1).

1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the only insects seen along with the butterflies:- 1 * Peacock; 1 * Orange Tip; 1 * Small Tortoiseshell

A White Lipped Banded Snail was added too and the Gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax) and Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica).

 

9th May 2021 - Ripon City Wetlands, Ripon, N. Yorkshire - Another wander at another new place and we enjoyed the fact that ours was the only car in the car park when we arrived and we hardly saw a soul all day. Birds listed were:- Robin (*2); Blackbird (*3); Wood Pigeon (*2); Mute Swan (*2); Pheasant (*2); Greylag Goose (*17); Carrion Crow (*1); Oystercatcher (*3); Chaffinch (*1); Willow Warbler (*2); Swift (*1); Bullfinch (*2); Sedge Warbler (*3); Coot (*1); Canada Goose (*4); Mallard (*3); Cormorant (*1); Tufted Duck (*18); Avocet (*2); Reed Bunting (*3); Goosander (*2); Moorhen (*4); Jackdaw (*7); Sparrowhawk (*1); Common Whitethroat (*2); Black Headed Gull (*8); Sand Martin (*1); Reed Warbler (*1); Gadwall (*1); Common Tern (*2); Goldfinch (*4); Linnet (*1); Tree Sparrow (*3); Grey Heron (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Treecreeper (*2); Shelduck (*3); Swallow (*2); Blue Tit (*5) + Cetti's Warbler; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Wren on call.

Blooms noted were:- Black Medick; Common Mouse Ear; Red Dead Nettle; Marsh Marigold; Meadow Buttercup; Lords and Ladies; Cowslip; Silverweed; Bluebell; 3 Cornered Leek; Lesser Celandine; Ramsons; Rape; Ribwort Plantain; Crosswort; Cuckooflower; Wood Avens; White Dead Nettle; Ground Ivy; Common Field Speedwell; Elder; Hawthorn; Creeping Buttercup; Red Campion; Colt's-Foot; Rowan; Groundsel; Cow Parsley and Garlic Mustard.

The Galls (Phyllocoptes goniothorax); (Aceria pseudoplatani) and (Eriophyes sorbi) were picked out along with the common Lichen (Xanthoria parietina).

Hoverflies recorded were:- 1 * Platycheirus albimanus; 3 * Eristalis pertinax; 6 * Leucozona lucorum; 1 * Rhingia campestris; 1 * Cheilosia variabilis and 1 * Helophilus pendulus.

Other insects seen were:- 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Tachnid Fly (Tachina fera); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 3 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula variipennis); 3 * Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 10+ * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * Tachnid Fly (Gymnocheta viridis); 1 * Marsh Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 2 * Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata) plus the butterflies:- Orange Tip (*12) and Peacock (*2).

 
7th May 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Broom was in fine flower and a Peacock flitted during a sunny spell. Dove's Foot Crane's-Bill was sporting a few blooms too.
 

7th May 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and the Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) was now around plus singles of 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

Biorhiza pallida and the sexual generation of Neuroterus quercusbaccarum were 2 galls seen too. Elegant Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was noted on the branches of Elder.

 
7th May 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Leading the Garden Club at work and 2 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) were all added to the local listings.
 

6th May 2021 - Poise Brook, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another walk with the carers from work with emphasis on just getting out and enjoying the great wild arena. Along the way we contemplated the following blooms:- Garlic Mustard; Greater Stitchwort; Bush Vetch; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Wavy Bittercress; Red Campion; Lesser Celandine; Great Wood Rush; Wood Anemone; Fringecups; Yellow Archangel; Meadow Buttercup and Pendulous Sedge.

5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and singles of the Hoverflies:- Platycheirus albimanus and Melanostoma scalare were the only insects seen.

Common Whitethroat; Swallow; House Martin; Grey Wagtail; Robin; Song Thrush; Wren; Chaffinch; Treecreeper; Jay; Magpie; Mallard and Mandarin Duck were the few birds seen and discussed.

Aceria pseudoplatani and Phyllocoptes goniothorax were two galls seen.

 
4th May 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Crud weather but walking home from work I saw the following blooms:- American Wintercress; Bush Vetch; Creeping Buttercup; Garlic Mustard; Groundsel; Common Mouse Ear; Daisy; Black Medick; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Red Campion; Ramsons; Rowan; Common Vetch; Thale Cress; Shining Crane's-Bill; Sycamore; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Bluebell; Herb Robert; Goosegrass; White Dead Nettle; Common Field Speedwell; Rape; Greater Periwinkle and Shepherd's Purse.
 

2nd May 2021 - Woodnook Vale, Accrington, Lancashire - A short walk to finalise the day with a few birds noted:- Magpie (*1); Raven (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Dunnock (*1); Blackcap (*2); Jay (*1); Robin (*2) and Grasshopper Warbler (*2).

Common Dog Violet; Pignut and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage were in flower.

 

2nd May 2021 - Bullough Park and Priestley Clough, Accrington, Lancashire - A small area leading to a new place with Ramsons; Wood Anemone and Colt's-Foot in flower and a Song Thrush; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Starling; Robin and Dipper seen too.

Aceria pseudoplatani was seen on Sycamore leaves.

Swan's Neck Thyme Moss (Mnium hornum) was added to the list after microscopy.

 

2nd May 2021 - Jackhouse NR, Hyndburn, Lancashire - A new place and a lovely stroll with the following birds noted:- Greenfinch (*1); Blackbird (*6); Great Tit (*3); Blue Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*2); Wood Pigeon (*2); Chaffinch (*2); Wren (*2); Starling (*3); House Sparrow (*2); Swallow (*3); Magpie (*1); Mallard (*8); Canada Goose (*9); Coot (*1); Tufted Duck (*2); Goldfinch (*1); Willow Warbler (*2); Bullfinch (*1); Great Tit (*6); Blackcap (*2); Pheasant (*1); Robin (*4); Carrion Crow (*1); Dunnock (*2); Nuthatch (*1); Coal Tit (*2); Chiffchaff (*1); Jay (*1); Grey Heron (*2) + Song Thrush; Goldcrest and Common Whitethroat on call.

Red Campion; Cow Parsley; Cowslip; Dandelion agg; Greater Stitchwort; False Yellow Archangel; Lesser Celandine; Thale Cress; Cuckooflower; Ribwort Plantain; Lady's Mantle agg; Pendulous Sedge; Bluebell; Great Wood Rush; Wood Sorrel; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Meadow Buttercup and Forsythia were all seen in flower.

2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the only insects seen.

Elegant Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) and Frizzled Pincushion (Ulota phyllantha) were also added after keying out and some on-line pointers.

 
APRIL
 

29th April 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A pootle around the back end of this nice area with the following Hoverflies seen:- Meliscaeva auricollis (*1); Sphaerophoria scripta (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*2); Syrphus ribesii (*3); Melanostoma scalare (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*4); Platycheirus scutatus agg (*1); Neoascia podagrica (*1) and Epistrophe eligans (*1).

A male Blackcap was seen singing away; a Grey Heron stood at the riverside; a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) flitted about; several Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) sat on their host's leafage; a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) was disturbed from vegetation; 2 Crane-Flies (Nephrotoma appendiculata) were copulating and a male and female Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa) was in tip-top condition. An Orange Tip and Green Veined White joined the small cast of inverts.

Comfrey agg; Barren Strawberry; Bird Cherry; Field Maple and Common Mouse Ear were flowers pondered.

The Gall (Taphrina pruni) was good to see again.

 

29th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A day off work and a chilled cycle down the river. Flowers noted in bloom were:- Bluebell; Rape; Lesser Celandine; Greater Celandine; Bush Vetch; Ground Ivy; Ramsons; White Dead Nettle; Red Campion; Green Alkanet; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Cuckooflower; Cowslip; Meadow Buttercup; Fringe Cups; Common Bistort; Herb Robert; Comfrey agg and Cow Parsley.

A few birds were noted whilst pedalling along:- Goosander (*5); Blue Tit (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Bullfinch (*1); Blackbird (*1); Canada Goose (*3); Goldcrest (*1); Swallow (*1); Black Headed Gull (*3); Dipper (*2); Chaffinch (*1); Feral Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*1); House Sparrow (*2); Dunnock (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Pied Wagtail (*1) plus plenty of Mallards and Sand Martins.

Butterflies seen were:- Orange Tip (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Small White (*1); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Peacock (*1).

Other insects seen were:- 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and the Hoverflies:- Melanostoma scalare (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*1) and Syrphus ribesii (*2).

Pendulous Sedge was in fine flower and the Oak Apple Gall (Biorhiza pallida) was noted.

 
27th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - I could barely stay awake walking home from work, I am drained but I did manage to see a Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quatuordecimguttata) resting on a fresh Silver Birch leaf.
 
26th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - In the garden soaking up the ray whilst eating strawberries and ice cream. A Comma fluttered around, the hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) buzzed here and there and Welsh Poppy and Wavy Bittercress were in flower.
 
26th April 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - 7.40 til 12.40 was spent clearing, planting, building a log pilke and supping tea. I recorded a few species with a Raven being a new one for the site. Hedge Mustard was now in flower and the Gall (Cecidophyes rouhollahi) was common on Goosegrass.
 

25th April 2021 - Attenborough NR, Nottinghamshire - 1 good long stretch and 50 bird species recorded:- Swallow; Magpie; Wood PIgeon; Long Tailed Tit; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Black Headed Gull; Reed Bunting; Coot; Mallard; Cormorant; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Goldfinch; Great White Egret; Cetti's Warbler; Egyptian Goose; Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Robin; Goosander; Lapwing; Shoveler; Herring Gull; Greenfinch; Starling; Blackbird; Wren; Chaffinch; Common Whitethroat; Blue Tit; Sand Martin; Grey Heron; Moorhen; House Sparrow; Dunnock; Commic Tern; Jackdaw; Skylark; Goldcrest; Pochard; Sedge Warbler; Reed Warbler; Gadwall; Pheasant; Feral Pigeon + Willow Warbler and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Ground Ivy; Dandelion agg; Rape; White Dead Nettle; Cow Parsley; Cuckooflower; Hogweed; Garlic Mustard; Bluebell; Red Campion; Green Alkanet; Daisy; Red Valerian; Ribwort Plantain; Cowslip; Wild Strawberry; Germander Speedwell; Hawthorn; Common Stork's-Bill; Slender Speedwell and Common Vetch.

Insects noted were:- 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 35 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 5 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 10 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci).

Butterflies noted were:- Orange Tip (*8); Speckled Wood (*3); Comma (*1); Peacock (*3); Small White (*1) and Green Veined White (*1).

Hoverflies seen were:- Epistrophge eligans (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*2); Eristalis intricarius (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*1); Eristalinus sepulchralis (*1) and Rhingia campestris (*1).

We also saw a Red Fox and the Gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax).

 

24th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - In the garden at home and a Speckled Wood and male Orange Tip enjoyed yet more warm sun with a 2-Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and a Light Brown Apple Moth all noted whilst watering a few pots.

A Brown House Moth was on the walls of the bog.

 

24th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - More gardening with the missus but whilst there I noted a Blackcap; a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); a Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); a 7-Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) plus the butterflies:- Peacock; Orange Tip and Speckled Wood.

2 Hoverfly species seen were:- Baccha elongata and Melanostoma scalare.

The Gall (Cecidophyes rouhollahi) was common.

 
23rd April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens) and a Holly Blue and Speckled Wood graced the garden.
 
23rd April 2021 - The Heatons Centre, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pottering with the work's Garden Club and the Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and a Holly Blue said 'hello'.
 
22nd April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Honeysuckle Sawfly (Abia lonicerae) was back in the garden again, we usually get one a year.
 

22nd April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home after a long day and I saw the following singles of the following butterflies:- Brimstone; Small White; Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.

I also saw a Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); a Tachnid Fly (Gymnocheta viridis) and a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and Cow Parsley and Common Vetch were in flower.

 
22nd April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Speckled Wood and an Orange Tip frequented a back alley along with the Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).
 

22nd April 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A walk with the carers from work, we took it easy to accommodate those struggling. A few birds kept us company:- Carrion Crow; Ring Neck Parakeet; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Robin and Dunnock. We also watched a Treecreeper going in and out of its nest.

Flowers discussed were:- Cuckooflower; Marsh Marigold; Skunk Cabbage; Garlic Mustard; Creeping Buttercup; Green Alkanet; Greater Periwinkle; Dandelion agg; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Bird Cherry; Cow Parsley and Ivy Leaved Speedwell.

Insects seen were:- Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) plus the butterflies:- Speckled Wood (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Peacock (*1) and Orange Tip (*3).

Galls seen were:- Andricus kollari and Eriophyes sorbi.

 
21st April 2021 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - Spotted Dead Nettle was in flower.
 
20th April 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Sat chatting to work colleagues and a male Orange Tip said 'hello' - how decent of him.
 
20th April 2021 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Swanning along to work and a Ring Neck Parakeet flew over, Goosegrass was now in flower and the Elm Leaf Gall (Aceria ulmicola) was now starting to appear.
 

19th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Reading in the garden and planting some spuds. A 22-Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) and the Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) were enjoying a sizzler. Garlic Mustard was now in flower and the overnight mothtrap held 1 specimen, a Light Brown Apple Moth.

A Small Tortoiseshell landed on the bedroom window sill whilst I was typing up these sightings.

 

19th April 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - 7.30am til 12.30pm was had on the Nature Project with much gasbagging with neighbours and club doofer Rob Nicholson and his wife. I got a fair bit done though and also recorded a few birds:- Rook; Great Tit; Jackdaw; Magpie; Blue Tit; Sparrowhawk; Collared Dove and Feral Pigeon was the small list observed.

I also saw:- 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) plus single specimens of Orange Tip; Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

The Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) was under some sun-baked logs.

 
18th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) was back in the garden and Shining Crane's-Bill was holding a lone flower aloft.
 

18th April 2021 - River Dove, Doveridge, Staffordshire - A lovely final walk of the day with hardly any folk about once again. Only a few birds were noted, these were:- Common Buzzard; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Wagtail; Jackdaw; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Pied Wagtail; Rook and Magpie.

Flowers in bloom were:- Common Field Speedwell; Lesser Celandine; Ribwort Plantain; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Groundsel; Red Campion; Ground Ivy; White Clover; Bird Cherry; Garlic Mustard; Hogweed; Chickweed; Butterbur; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Blackthorn; Green Alkanet; Cuckooflower and Red Dead Nettle.

Butterflies noted were:- Small White (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Orange Tip (*2); Small Tortoiseshell (*3); Peacock (*1) and Brimstone (*1).

Other insects seen were:- 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum agg); 1 * Hairy Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum); 3 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), several Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) and numerous Caddisflies (Brachycentrus subnubilis).

 

18th April 2021 - Hilton Gravel Pits, Derbyshire - The second location of the day. Birds seen were:- Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Blue Tit; Coot; Mallard; Robin; Chiffchaff; Greylag Goose; Rook; Reed Bunting and Blackcap.

Red Campion; Broom; Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Spanish Bluebell; Daisy; Blackthorn; Cowslip; Red Dead Nettle; Bluebell; Common Dog Violet and Marsh Marigold.

The only insects seen were:- 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major) plus the Hoverflies:- Eristalis pertinax (*2); Meliscaeva auricollis (*1); Eupeodes luniger (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*1).

We also saw a Common Frog.

 

18th April 2021 - Willington Wetlands, Derbyshire - A soothing and tranquil early morning wander with birds the order of the roamings. Species seen were:- Greenfinch; Mallard; Dunnock; Robin; Blue Tit; Sedge Warbler; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blackcap; Chaffinch; Cormorant; Black Headed Gull; Greylag Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Mute Swan; Wren; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Chiffchaff; Grey Heron; Carrion Crow; Reed Bunting; Reed Warbler; Tufted Duck; Oystercatcher; Cetti's Warbler; Teal; Willow Warbler; Common Buzzard; Long Tailed Tit; Jackdaw; Lapwing + Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little Grebe on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Lesser Celandine; Blackthorn; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Sweet Violet; Ground Ivy; Garlic Mustard; Cuckooflower; Cowslip; Red Dead Nettle; Thale Cress and Common Stork's-Bill.

Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) were the only insects seen.

Phyllocoptes goniothorax was a new gall for the year.

 

17th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a busy morn a quick chill was had in the garden. Eupeodes luniger (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*2) were the hoverflies seen with a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) buzzing about.

A 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata) was seen in the kitchen and let free outside.

 

17th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 hours digging and planting, a quick mooch and then some early football to watch. Whilst at the ground I saw the following Hoverflies:- Eristalis pertinax (*2); Meliscaeva auricollis (*2); Syrphus ribesii (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*3).

Other insects seen were:- 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

Wood Avens, Slender Speedwell; Wall Speedwell and Common Mouse Ear were in flower and a Robin and a Mistle Thrush kept me company.

 

16th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a busy week I wal;tzed home. I noted 3 * Alder Beetles (Agelastica alni); 1 * Mining Bee (Andrena nitida); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis); 2 * Ashy Mining Bees (Andrena cineraria) plus the hoverflies:- 3 * Melanostoma scalare; 1 * Melangyna lasiophthalma and 3 * Eristalis pertinax.

Danish Scurvygrass was now in flower.

 

12th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 hours digging and sorting out out so as to try and make this football ground appealing to the punter and nature. Blue Tits were nesting in a metal support for the netting that stops the ball going out of the ground, a Mistle Thrush and Blackbird fed on the pitch whilst a Wren zipped into the undergrowth. A Robin kept its beady eye on the turned soil and 2 Magpies squabbled in some nearby trees. A Wood Pigeon flapped about, a Long Tailed Tit pottered in a tree and a Goldfinch sat on a nearby house. The only other bird seen was a Chaffinch.

3 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) enjoyed the splash of sun and a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) was resting on a leaf.

 

11th April 2021 - Cromford Canal to Lea Wood, Cromford, Derbyshire - A nice walk pootling in varied habitats. Birds seen were:- Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Coot; Little Grebe; Siskin; Blackbird; Mandarin Duck; Mistle Thrush; Blackcap; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; Dipper and Chiffchaff.

Wood Sorrel; Primrose; Wood Anemone; Bluebell; Barren Strawberry and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage were in flower.

Great Wood Rush was looking splended and we saw 4 Northern Wood Ants (Formica lugubris).

Bank Haircap (Polytrichium formosum) was keyed out later in the day as was Thickpoint Grimmia (Schistidium crassipulum).

 

11th April 2021 - Parsley Hay to Hartington, Derbyshire - A quick 10,000 step walk with a few birds seen along the way, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Magpie; Meadow Pipit; Rook; Pied Wagtail; Blackbird; Robin; Wren; Skylark; Blue Tit and Mistle Thrush.

Dog's Mercury was now in flower.

Wallscrew Moss (Tortula muralis); Common Pocket Moss (Fissidens taxifolius); Anomolous Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum anomolum) and Common Feather Moss (Kindbergia praelonga) were keyed out later in the day.

 

10th April 2021 - High Rid Reservoir, Bolton, G. Manchester - Gardening cancelled due to snow and rain, football was snowed off and so a quick visit to this decenmt place was had. The hail came in sheets, visibility was shabby, the few birds seen were:- Swallow; Sand Martin; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Meadow Pipit; Pheasant; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Great Tit; Mistle Thrush; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Reed Bunting; Goldfinch and Long Tailed Tit.

I collected a few mosses and keyed them out with a good book and the new microscope. 3 were new species to us, the 5 named were:- Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare); Anomolous Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum anomolum); Woolly Fringe Moss (Racomitrium lanuginosum); Hair Pointed Grimmia (Grimmia trichophylla) and Greater Pincushion (Ptychomitrium polyphyllum).

 
9th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - White Dead Nettle was in flower and the Hoverfly (Eristalis pertinax) was buzzing about. A Double Striped Pug was seen in the bathroom too.
 

9th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 17 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 5 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 3 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 32 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) plus the Hoverflies:- Eristalis tenax (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*3) and Meliscaeva auricollis (*1) were the few insects seen during a splash of sunshine.

A pair of Goosander were in breeding attire and a Dipper whizzed by as I chatted to a photographer.

 
9th April 2021 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Melanostoma scalare (*2) and Platycheirus albimanus (*1) were the 2 hoverflies seen down a back alley whilst I was pushing my bike.
 
8th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Black Medick and Germander Speedwell were now in flower and I also saw a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and 2 * Red Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus lapidarius).
 
8th April 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Honesty was in flower and I picked out the gall Andricus lignicola as well as the Moss (Orthotrichum anomolum).
 

7th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - An icy morn with the air crystal clear and really showing the colours of the local Kingfisher off to a tee.  3 Mallards cruised on by and seemed unimpressed and a resident Chiffcaff had found a favoured tree and looked to be building a nest nearby.

On the way home I noted a hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) zonked out on a Dandelion agg. head.

 
7th April 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 superb looking Goldfinches fed amid some grass and a male Blackcap sat atop a Bramble bush in the early morning sun.
 
6th April 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - False Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon ssp. argentatum) was seen producing blooms - an invasive plant but very attractive.
 
6th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Ramsons was now in flower - at last - what a fine star burst.
 
5th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another day at home, chores to do and some microscopy. A pop in the garden in a bracing breeze saw one lone Dandelion agg. attract the attention of a female Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) and the Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare). 2 new spiders were seen in the house, although I did need some help in identification.  Steatoda bipunctata and Platnickina tincta were the tinkers found lurking on a window sill that needed a good cleaning - a duly got out the polish.
 
4th April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Stuck in today and doing some decorating and household chores. A Twenty Plume Moth and a White Shouldered House Moth were noted in the bathroom.
 
3rd April 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - Watching the football and 2 Buzzards floated overhead, a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) basked on a sun-soaked Dock Leaf and a Small Tortoiseshell flitted about. Denton won 3 - 2 in a quite cracking match.
 
2nd April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) were in the sun-kissed garden.
 
2nd April 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - 4 hours with the good lasses and Town doofer Rob Nicholson and mork work done on the nature area. Whilst pootling I noted 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 2 *Small Tortoiseshell plus a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and the Hoverfly (Syrphus torvus).
 
1st April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The second moth trap of the year, 1 * Hebrew Character; 1 * Common Plume and 1 * Common Quaker. A Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) was also seen as well as a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris).
 
1st April 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - I walked to work today but was transfixed by a pair of feeding Mistle Thrushes, what a pair of healthy-looking birds they were, poking their bills into the grass and minding their own business, well until a grumpy Magpie chased them off.
 
MARCH
 

31st March 2021 - Heatons Centre, Stockport, G. Manchester - A nip out from work to post a couple of letters.  I had a quick mooch in the garden and saw Hairy Bittercress; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Forsythia; Groundsel; Rhodendron agg; Chickweed and Thale Cress in flower.

Harlequin; 7 Spot and Pine Ladybirds were enjoying the sun as was the Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella).  A Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); a Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) plus a Striped Woodlouse and Garden Snail were added to the list. The Nomad Bee (Nomada leucophthalma) was later ID via some on-line expertise.

The Sycamore Tree was now in flower and a Magpie, a Blue Tit and some squabbling House Sparrows added background noise.

The moss (Grimmia pulvinata) was now looking a trifle tired.

 

31st March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first time I have put the moth trap out this year, I expected nowt and got 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and 2 * Light Brown Apple Moth; 2 * Early Grey; 1 * Common Quaker; 1 * Chestnut; 1 * Caloptilia stigmatella and 1 * Hebrew Character.

Also in the mix was 2 specimens of the Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea).

 
30th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Gasbagging with the neighbours in the garden, Pine Ladybird; 7 Spot Ladybird and Harlequin Ladybird all made an appearance as well as the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax).
 
30th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A day of sun was spent working (I had no complaints, too many people about for me).  On the way home I had to crack on has I had a foot match to attend.  I did see though the following butterflies:- 3 * Peacock and 1 * Comma plus 3 Ashy Mining Bees (Andrena cineraria) and a Kingfisher appeared over the tree line. 
 
30th March 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) buzzed in the undergrowth and 2 Small Tortoiseshells were in a lovey-dovey mood and chasing each other in the unseasonal sunshine.
 
30th March 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick pootle in the dinner break from work, people were the most common species, they are an area I never record, pesky blighters.  I did see a Comma and Small Tortoiseshell though plus a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); a Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); 2 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and a single Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).


29th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Lounging in the garden and a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); a PIne Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) were all welcome guests.
 

29th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - More work on the on-going nature project and whilst pottering I noted 3 species of butterfly:- Brimstone (*1); Peacock (*2) and Small Tortoiseshell (*1).

A Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and Red Mason Bee (Osmia bocornis); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) and the Grounbd Beetles - Pterostichus madidus (*1) and Anchomenus dorsalis (*2) were also seen.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thale Cress; Colt's-Foot; Shepherd's Purse and Common Field Speedwell were in flower and I saw a few birds, these were:- Common Buzzard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Wren and Mistle Thrush.

 

28th March 2021 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A shortish walk, a few fungi seen plus 4 Great Tits; a Grey Wagtail; a Raven; 3 Mallards; 1 Carrion Crow; 1 Goldfinch and 2 Blackbirds.

Flowers in bloom were:- Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Marsh Marigold; Lesser Celandine; Wood Anemone; Butterbur and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage.

The Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata) was noted as was a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and 6 Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni).

 

27th March 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - 5 hours pootling at the Denton Town footy ground with my good lady, punky friend Karen and few stalwarts from the club. The nature project is a long haul but, by the time we had finished, a small corner had been cleared of debris, some soil turned, mulching done and a few plants put in the ground. Along the way I kept note of a few things seen to try and get the place on the natural history map.

White Lipped Banded Snail; Brown Lipped Banded Snail; Strawberry Snail; Budapest Slug and Large Yellow Slug agg were all beneath stony debris in the company of many Shiny Woodlice, the odd Variegated Centipede, a few White Legged Millipedes and a lone baby Frog.

A Small Tortoiseshell was tucked away beneath some wood and a 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) was secreted within some surface soil.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was noseying around and overhead passed a couple of Wood Pigeons; a Lesser Black Backed Gull; two Starlings; a few Jackdaws; the odd Carrion Crow and some Feral Pigeons.

I later keyed out the Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus).

 
26th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Wood Anemone and Common Dog Violet were both now in flower.
 
25th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk home and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); a Rosy Woodlouse (Androniscus dentiger) and a flashing Dipper were my company on a mild day.
 

24th March 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Spotted Laurel Bush, and catching the sun I spied a 2-Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); a Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

More microscopy and the Hoverfly (Syrphus torvus) was confirmed. I did double-check on-line as I am rusty with the Hovers so early on in the year.

 
24th March 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinner break and I spotted the years first Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 4 Honey Bees (Apis mellifera).
 
23rd March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Hebrew Character Moth paid a visit to the bathroom.
 

23rd March 2021 - Nob End, Bolton, G. Manchester - A second walk with a few birds seen, these were:- Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Robin; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Goosander; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Feral Pigeon; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull and Lesser Black Backed Gull. An Indian Runner Duck was a nice sighting on the river - a real oddball.

Colt's-Foot; Dandelion agg; Lesser Celandine; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage and Field Wood Rush were in flower and we saw a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris).

Spotted Thyme Moss (Rhizomnium punctatum) and Swan's Neck Thyme Moss (Mnium hornum) were also nailed via some microscopy work.

 

23rd March 2021 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - An early morn walk, there was a nip in the air but we had flasks and the ability to put a spurt in the step. Birds seen were:- Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Bullfinch; Song Thrush; Dunnock; Mallard; Greenfinch; Jay; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Goldeneye; Reed Bunting; Lapwing; Oystercatcher; Raven; Robin; Wren; Sand Martin; Teal; Little Ringed Plover; Common Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Starling; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Kestrel; Mute Swan; House Sparrow; Jackdaw; Grey Heron; Collared Dove; Feral Pigeon; Pied Wagtail; Meadow Pipit; Scaup; Pheasant and Goldcrest.

We also saw 2 Roe Deer.

 

22nd March 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - Four hours tidying the wildflower area, picking litter and buildinga few brash piles. Flowers seen in bloom were:- Red Campion; Thale Cress; Hairy Bittercress; Grape Hyacinth; Daisy; Groundsel; Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Common Mouse Ear; Chickweed and Common Field Speedwell.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and the Bonfire Moss (Funaria hyrometrica) were also noted along with the following few birds:- Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Magpie and Wood Pigeon.

Budapest Slug; Garden Snail; Large Yellow Slug; White Lipped Banded Snail; Strawberry Snail and a few fungi were also added to the small list of sightings.

 
16th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A 7-Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and the Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) were in the garden.

21st March 2021 - Poynton Pool area, Stockport, Cheshire - Up at the crack, out and away from folk and back well before dinner. Bird species seen were:- Goldcrest; Chiffchaff; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail; Black Headed Gull; Jay; Song Thrush; Wren; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Greenfinch; Starling; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Dunnock; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Robin; Magpie; Mute Swan; Jackdaw; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Collared Dove; Tufted Duck; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Mallard; Coot and Blackbird.

Winter Heliotrope; Marsh Marigold and Colt's-Foot were in flower. We also spied 2 Common Frogs; 2 Rabbits; 7 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and 2 Ground Beetle species, these being:- Pterostichus niger and Anchomenus dorsalis.

Also keyed out later in the day was the Bonfire Moss (Funaria hyrometrica) and after micro-photo's and on-line help the Beetle (Tachinus marginellus) was finally nailed.

 

20th March 2021 - Denton Town, Tameside - A reccie to view a plot of land that I have been allowed to spruce up for nature. A Ring Necked Parakeet flew over as did a Starling and I noted a few Large Yellow Slugs and a 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) too.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Lesser Celandine and Daisy are additions to the now on-going recording.

 
20th March 2021 - Alexandra Park, Whalley Range, G. Manchester - A duck we hadn't seen for a while had turned up at this local-ish park and seeing we were off to Denton to do a reccie of a new nature project it seemed an ideal opportunity to have a look at the little feathered gem and get a walk in too. The bird list comprised of:- Carrion Crow; feral Pigeon; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Ring Neck Parakeet; Song Thrush; Robin; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Ring Necked Duck; Tufted Duck; Coot; Canada Goose; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Starling; Mistle Thrush; Moorhen; Coal Tit; Blue Tit; Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; Nuthatch; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Dunnock and Lesser Black Backed Gull.
 
19th March 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - The moss Thick Point Grimmia (Schistidium crassipilum) was keyed out with use of a good book and the microscope.
 
17th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A trio of 7 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) and a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) were joined by a Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) on a warming walk home. Toothwort was now bursting through the soul and a Grey Wagtail was seen flitting amid some branches by the riverside.
 
17th March 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk around the urban streets and at the side of a gold course.  There was a chill in the air but a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was laden with buzz-ability, a Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata) was seen snuggled up in some emerging Hawthorn leaves and a Coal Tit sang away whilst a Great Tit flitted through a Hedgerow.Wavy Bittercress was in flower at the side of my workplace.
 
16th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home from work and 4 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) wasted no time in grabbing some late sunshine and a Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) fed on some Gorse flowers.
16th March 21 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first moth of the year was seen after it entered an overnight open window.  The little gem was the Beautiful Plume (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla).  I should get my trap out but I shall wait a bit longer as I am busy enough.
 

15th March 2021 - Etherow CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morning walk with my wife, birds seen were:- Canada Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Pied Wagtail; Moorhen; Robin; Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Cormorant; Great Tit; Mistle Thrush; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Mandarin Duck; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Buzzard; Blue Tit; Nuthatch; Grey Wagtail; Coal Tit; Treecreeper; Stock Dove; Grey Heron; Chaffinch; House Sparrow; Bullfinch and Long Tailed Tit.

Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Lung-Wort and Primrose were in flower and the Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes) was also seen plus the Lichen (Evernia prunastri).

A nearby graveyard gave rise to a few mossed and some liverworts - difficult stuff but I did key out Anomolous Bristle-Moss (Orthotrichium anomolum); Overleaf Pellia (Pellia epiphylla); Thick Point Grimmia (Schistidium crassipilum) and Forked Veilwort (Metzgeria furcata).

Continuation of the microscopy helped me also key out the Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus).

 
14th March 2021 - Haughton Dale NR, G. Manchester - Me and my good lady had a walk and beat the rain - yippee. A few fungi were found plus a Common Frog and the gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii). We also noted the following species of bird:- Dunnock; Jackdaw; Blackbird; Magpie; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Jay; Bullfinch; Song Thrush; Mallard; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Mandarin; Wren; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goosander; Goldfinch; Great Tit and Collared Dove.
 

11th March 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A quick outing on the bike, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers chased one another, a Ring Neck Parakeet whizzed about in the wind and 3 Goosanders rode the rapids of the Mersey.

Primrose; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage and Blackthorn were in flower and I also saw 16 Garden Snails; 1 White Lipped Banded Snail; 1 Common Earwing and the fungus gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii).

I later confirmed the Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis) - a species I see now and again and always forget the name of.

The Lichen (Parmotrema perlatum) was named after fine online assistance from Mark Powell as was Punctelia subrudecta - by heck these things are tricky.

 
8th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 Goosanders; a Pied and Grey Wagtail and the year's first Chiffchaff were seen as I pottered about near the river. I also found a couple of Horse Leeches (Haemopis sanguisuga).
 
7th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Gardening and catching up today - A Blue Tit was eyeing up the nest box and a 7-Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) was disturbed as I trimmed some conifers.
 
6th March 2021 - Poynton Pool, Stockport, Cheshire - A long week at work so an early morning walk was had to get the weekend rolling. We didn't dawdle today, we did see the following birds though:- Jay (*1); Moorhen (*8); Canada Goose (*52); Coot (*12); Mallard (*27); Mute Swan (*2); Goldfinch (*15); Jackdaw (*29); Tufted Duck (*11); Greylag Goose (*1); Great Crested Grebe (*3); Collared Dove (*2); Magpie (*11); Starling (*3); Wood Pigeon (*22); Great Tit (*4); Robin (*6); Black Headed Gull (*13); House Sparrow (*25); Blackbird (*5); Blue Tit (*4); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Redwing (*16); Chaffinch (*1); Carrion Crow (*7); Nuthatch (*1); Greenfinch (*1) and Goldcrest (*1).
 
2nd March 2021 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 3 * Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) and a Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) were all noted on the way home.
 
2nd March 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinner time walk, nice weather and I saw:- 7 * Drone Flies (Eristalis tenax); 10 * Buff Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris); a single 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) and 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) – magic.  Another Dunnock was having a right old sing-song.
2nd March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - On y way to work, a Dipper whizzed by, a Dunnock sang with hearty gusto, a Nuthatch dripped forth his song and 4 Mandarins sailed on the water - not a bad start to the day at all.
 

1st March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Out early and back early before the people came and made for a busy parade of madness. A couple of Dippers chased each other over the water, a Kingfisher whizzed by (what's new); a Common Buzzard circled up on high and Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch were noted amongst several other common birds.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); a Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 3 * Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) were all on the wing.

 
FEBRUARY
 

28th February 2021 - Astley and Chat Mosses, Irlam, G. Manchester - An early morn walk and a 649 birds were counted of 40 species:- Canada Goose (*25); Goldcrest (*1); Meadow Pipit (*14); Teal (*11); Mallard (*5); Cormorant (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Stock Dove (*2); Reed Bunting (*6); Magpie (*21); Pheasant (*6); Great Tit (*6); Blackbird (*11); Black Headed Gull (*182); House Sparrow (*4); Starling (*5); Redwing (*5); Fieldfare (*50); Wood Pigeon (*54); Robin (*14); Goldfinch (*10); Kestrel (*2); Dunnock (*6); Greenfinch (*1); Chaffinch (*72); Song Thrush (*5); Jackdaw (*9); Moorhen (*2); Buzzard (*2); Mistle Thrush (*5); Skylark (*9); Yellowhammer (*5); Lapwing (*70); Blue Tit (*2); Pied Wagtail (*4); Carrion Crow (*12); Coal Tit (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*3); Feral Pigeon (*2) and Wren (*3).

Red Dead Nettle; Colt's-Foot; Groundsel and Daisy were in flower and the first butterfly of the year was seen, a Small Tortoiseshell - smashing.

Heath Star Moss (Campylopus introflexus) was looking quite splendid and in great abundance.

 

25th February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Landhopper (Arcitalitrus dorrieni) was found in the garden along with a nice gathering of Garden Snails (Cornu aspersum).

I keyed out an Earthworm using a new book. The head was tanbylobic, the clitellum started before segment 29, the Tubercula puberatis was seen, the setae were widely paired and the colouration and size finally pointed to Dendrobaena hortensis.

 

25th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morning mooch before working from home. Birds seen were:- Dipper; Kingfisher; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Jay; Coot; Grey Heron; Ring Neck Parakeet; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Feral Pigeon; Wren; Robin; Grey Wagtail; Magpie; Dunnock; Song Thrush; Goosander; Mallard; Cormorant; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit and Blue Tit.

Sweet Violet was in flower and a different patch of Colt's-Foot were sporting blooms.

I also saw 7 * Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina). Thanks to confirmation by Clive Washington the beetle (Bolitobius cingulatus) was later confirmed.

 
23rd February 2021 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Colt's-Foot is now in flower - yippee.
 

23rd February 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Springtail (Orchesella villosa) was identified via the scope.

 

22nd February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A spot of gardening, Striped and Rough Woodlice were seen as well as a Blackbird. The sun came out later in the day, it was a joy.

The Land Worm (Kontikia ventrolineata) was identified after discussion with fine naturalist Steve J McWilliam.

 

21st February 2021 - Heald Green, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cascade of Ivy, a bit of sun and the year's first Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) was picked out and a lone Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina).

Common Whitlow Grass was now in flower - a lovely plant. Also keyed out was the Creeping Feather Moss (Amblystegium serpens), a very soft and delicate plant for sure. The Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus) was later identified.

 

21st February 2021 - Styal, Cheshire - A tucked away route and the following birds were seen:- Pied Wagtail (*7); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Moorhen (*7); Mistle Thrush (*1); Bullfinch (*1); Carrion Crow (*5); Magpie (*16); Mallard (*8); Black Headed Gull (*4); Redwing (*8); Jay (*2); Treecreeper (*1); Cormorant (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*7); Great Tit (*1); Jackdaw (*86); Canada Goose (*2); Blue Tit (*6); Dunnock (*4); Blackbird (*7); Starling (*7); Wood Pigeon (*5); Stock Dove (*4); Wren (*3); Goldfinch (*8) and Robin (*3).

We also saw a Common Toad; 2 Budapest Slugs; a Smooth Newt and the Fungus Beetle (Scaphidium quadrimaculatum).

 

19th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst looking at a few twigs I found the Rover Beetle (Tachyporus obtusus); the Dirt Coloured Seed Bug (Scolopostethus thomsonii) and the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus). Online confirmation was kindly given for the former two species.

The Common Chrysalis Snail (Lauria cylindracea) was later confirmed by an on-line gastropod bod. I also found a Plaited Door Snail (Cochlodina laminata).

 

18th February 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The sun was shining so I checked the small area around my workplace.  The year's first 7-Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) was thrilling, as was the years' first Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis).  Under a stone I also noted numerous Springtails (Orchesella cincta) and a several critters that wouldn't stay still.

The Lace Weaver Spider (Amaurobius similis) was later ID'd via some close up pics and some generous on-line help.

 
17th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 4 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) were the first of the year and was one of the annual moments I always look forward to - yes. They were still in the winter jackets but still looking ace.
 
17th February 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 new mosses were slowly and thoroughly keyed out today with the new microscope coming in very handy. Didymodon insulanus and Orthotrichium diaphanum were ideal and showing all features needed to nail the ID.
 

15th February 2021 - Haughton Dale NR/Hulme Wood, G. Manchester - An early morn walk with the good lady, birds seen were:- Chaffinch (*1); Collared Dove (*5); Starling (*1); Wren (*6); Blackbird (*17); Magpie (*15); Song Thrush (*7); Great Tit (*2); Goldcrest (*2); Dunnock (*3); Carrion Crow (*6); Mallard (*20); Nuthatch (*2); Canada Goose (*27); Mandarin Duck (*12); Treecreeper (*2); Robin (*7); Blue Tit (*5); Bullfinch (*4); Kingfisher (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); House Sparrow (*11); Moorhen (*1); Goldfinch (*4); Grey Wagtail (*1); Jackdaw (*7); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*2) plus plenty of Wood Pigeons here and there.

The Springtail (Tomocerus minor) was nailed after being guided on what to look for by that young insect-man Finley Hutchinson, nice work sir.

 
14th February 2021 - Didsbury Golf Course, G. Manchester - Another shortish walk in bitter weather and a brisk wind. Birds seen were:- Ring Neck Parakeet; Magpie; Mute Swan; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Goosander; Robin; Coot; Wood Pigeon; Redwing; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldfinch.
 
13th February 2021 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short walk, a Kingfisher was the highlight and 15 Goldfinch plus a few fungi. It was too cold to hang around.
 
8th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short outing down the river with snowflakes falling and a shark wing nipping at every exposed area. Birds seen today were:- Grey Wagtail (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Black Headed Gull (*45); Buzzard (*1); Goldfinch (*9); Great Tit (*1); Greenfinch (*5); Bullfinch (*2); Canada Goose (*7); Coot (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Cormorant (*2); Carrion Crow (*3); Robin (*5); Goldcrest (*1); Dunnock (*1); Moorhen (*6); Wood Pigeon (*17); Magpie (*14); Blue Tit (*5); Blackbird (*10); Goosander (*3) and Mallard (*11).
 

7th February 2021 - Stanley Green, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus, by heck it was a cold one. We didn't hang around but did see a few birds, these were:- Lesser Redpoll (*7); Redwing (*1); Bullfinch (*3); Blackbird (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Greenfinch (*2); Goldfinch (*1); Jay (*1); Robin (*3); Great Tit (*2); Blue Tit (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*1) and Magpie (*4).

Common Pincushion Moss (Dicranoweisia cirrata) was nice to key out once at home and with a little help from Lichen Man Mark Powell, Hypotrachyna afrorevoluta was added too.

 
6th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Red Dead Nettle is now in flower and a bridge wall was laden with the lichen (Candelariella vitellina).
 
5th February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - We have caught a House Mouse, I am wondering if there is another, the trap is reset before a release.

4th February 2021 - Ladybrook Cycleway, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling and walking along, birds noted were:- Blue Tit (*5); Wood Pigeon (*6); Robin (*7); Blackbird (*9); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*8); Long Tailed Tit (*3); Great Tit (*3); Ring Neck Parakeet (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Dunnock (*3); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Raven (*1); Wren (*2) and Treecreeper (*1).

4 * Budapest Slugs were also noted as well as the Elegant Bristle Moss (Orthotrichium pulchellum) that needed keying out.

 

1st February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk with the missus through the urban sprawl. We did see a Bullfinch, a Carrion Crow, a Blackbird, a Magpie with Groundsel and Dandelion agg both in flower.

The moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus) was keyed out when back at home.

 
JANUARY
 

31st January 2021 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A good walk getting the steps in as per. Along the way a few birds were listed, these were:- Blackbird; Goosander (*6); Magpie; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Woodcock (*3); Redwing (*11); Black Headed Gull; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Feral Pigeon; Coot; Mute Swan; Wood Pigeon; Pied Wagtail; Mandarin Duck; Pochard (*1); Dunnock; Cormorant; Jay; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Song Thrush; Ring Neck Parakeet (*2); Wren and Kestrel.

The Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Common Feather Moss (Kindbergia praelonga) and the Oakmoss Lichen (Evernia prunastri) were the only other things seen as well as a handful of fungi.

Oh - we did see Primrose in flower too. and after chemical and microscopic investigations Lecidella elaeochroma and Physcia adscendens were two other lichens added.

 
29th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Springtail (Dicyrtomina ornata) was found beneath a log along with a Budapest Slug; a Dusky Slug and a Pygmy Woodlouse.
 

22nd January 2021 - Cheadle Heath to Chorlton circular, G. Manchester - A 13.5 mile walk, we kept away from folk and made sure the legs kept moving. We saw a few birds in various places, these were as follows. Setiing off and in the street we noted Mistle Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Starling and a Magpie. At Gorsey Bank we picked out a small flock of Goldfinch and a few Carrion Crows. Down the River Mersey next and we added:- Nuthatch; Black Headed Gull; Goosander; Moorhen; Mallard; Cormorant; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Heron; Blue Tit; Song Thrush; Bullfinch; Feral Pigeon Dunnock and Grey Wagtail. The street walking produced very little but a quick stride through Chorlton Water Park added:- Canada Goose; Coot; House Sparrow; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Great Crested Grebe. Homeward via the River Mersey again near Fletcher Moss we picked up a Pied Wagtail and a Jackdaw and on Didsbury Golf Course we saw several Ring Neck Parakeet; Common Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull,; a Buzzard and a flock of Redwing. The only other bird added throughout the walk was a Wren.

The lichen Ramalina farinacea was new for the year.

 
22nd January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cladonia coccifera and Physcia aipolia were 2 new lichens for the annual tally.
 
21st January 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick nip out to post two Nettle books, Ivy Leaved Toadflax was sporting a few flowers.

18th January 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Wavy Bittercress was now in flower and the mosses Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis and Grimmia pulvinata were all keyed out.

16th January 2021 - Cringle Park, Levenshulme, G. Manchester - A quick walk with the good lady. A Mistle Thrush nipped about, a nice flock of Starling defied the chill and an Orange Ladybird hugged tree trunk. After consultation with lichen expert Mark Powell, some chemical tests and microscopy Hypotrachyna revoluta and Candelaria concolor - nifty!

Clustered Feather Moss (Rhyncostegium confertum) after microscopy and the use of a lengthy key.

 
14th January 2021 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The gall Cecidophyes nudus was in good nick on the leaves of Wood Avens as expected.
 
12th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling along, a Goosander, a Kingfisher and 2 Cormorants were seen on a very dull and damp day.
 
11th January 2021 - Adswood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Punctelia subrudecta was seen on the bark of a tired looking tree. I am rusty on lichens and was given some kind pointers by a man more clued in - take a bow Mark Powell!
 

10th January 2021 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - The second location on our Sunday march with a break for a drink from our flasks had and a short mooch for a few fungal specimens taken. We did note the following bird species too:- Buzzard; Jay; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Ring Neck Parakeet; Great Tit; Wren; Bullfinch; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird and Starling.

2 examples of the Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) were seen too.

 
10th January 2021 - Brookfields Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A yomp with the good lady with the legs constantly moving. The few birds seen whilst passing through were:- Blackbird; Blue Tit; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Kingfisher; Mallard and Wood Pigeon.
 

9th January 2021 - Gorton Reservoirs, Reddish, G. Manchester - A walk with the good lady with the reservoirs iced over and a distinct mist and frost pervading everywhere. Birds seen were- Blackbird (*9); Magpie (*9); Carrion Crow (*9); Wren (*3); Dunnock (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Robin (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Mute Swan (*4); Herring Gull (*1); Blue Tit (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Moorhen (*4); Little Grebe (*2); Bullfinch (*5); Great Crested Grebe (*1); Treecreeper (*2); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Goldeneye (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Great Tit (*3); Starling (*6); House Sparrow (*4); Nuthatch (*1); Collared Dove (*3) plus plenty of Coot; Black Headed Gull Mallard; Common Gull and Tufted Duck.

Wood Avens; Mahonia and Meadow Buttercup were still offering up blooms.

 
8th January 2021 - Alexander Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk with the good lady and a few birds noted:- Starling; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blue Tit; Mallard; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Collared Dove; Feral Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Dunnock; Sparrowhawk; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Grey Heron; Goosandeer; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Coot and Moorhen. By heck it were cold today!
 

7th January 2021 - Ladybrook Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - As I weaved my way home through the slutch and general muck I saw a nice group of Goldfinch feeding on an Alder; 2 * Ring Neck Parakeet and a low flying Buzzard.

Evernia prunastri was a lichen identified on a dead branch.

 

7th January 2021 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cycle ride and a few birds counted:- Black Headed Gull (*5); Sparrowhawk (*1); Stock Dove (*1); Coal Tit (*1); Great Tit (*1); Blackbird (*9); Redwing (*6); Nuthatch (*2); Grey Wagtail (*1) Feral Pigeon (*1); Blue Tit (*5); Magpie (*3); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*3); Carrion Crow (*1): Wood Pigeon (*2); Dunnock (*1); Coot (*2); Moorhen (*1) plus several Canada Geese and a good gathering of Mallards.

A Leopard Slug was found, a couple of Garden Snails and an Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

 

6th January 2021 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A chilled walk in equally chilled weather. Birds seen were:- Goldfinch (*2); Nuthatch (*2); Collared Dove (*2); Dunnock (*2); Robin (*5); Blackbird (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Magpie (*8); Wood Pigeon (*6); Moorhen (*2); Mallard (*29); Feral Pigeon (*10); Mandarin Duck (*10); House Sparrow (*10); Blue Tit (*5); Carrion Crow (*4); Jay (*3); Black Headed Gull (*2); Common Gull (*1); Mistle Thrush (*1); Wren (*1); Starling (*2); Bullfinch (*1); Canada Goose (*3); Raven (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Great Tit (*2) and Treecreeper (*1).

A Brown Rat was a hefty brute and the Gall (Taxomyia taxi) was picked out on a relatively quiet day.

 

5th January 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - On the bike again, a tumble on the ice wasn't nice but a few birds made up for it, these being:- Dunnock (*2); Magpie (*12); Robin (*7); Blue Tit (*7); Great Tit (*5); Blackbird (*2); Wood Pigeon (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Coal Tit (*3); Chaffinch (*2); Ring Neck Parakeet (*2); Nuthatch (*1); Jay (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Black Headed Gull (*18); Canada Goose (*23); Mallard (*8); Grey Heron (*2); Carrion Crow (*2); Goldfinch (*9); Common Gull (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Buzzard (*3) and Cormorant (*3).

MIstletoe was looking good, Green Alkanet was in flower and a couple of Grey Squirrels were busy stuffing their guts - what's new!

A Garden Snail and the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) were the only other things seen.

 

4th January 2021 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A few birds were on show as I cycled around covered in mud. The list comprised of:- Yellow Legged Gull (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Ring Neck Parakeet (*5); Kestrel (*1); Wood Pigeon (*5); Magpie (*5); Song Thrush (*3); Blackbird (*2); Nuthatch (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Great Tit (*4); Blue Tit (*3); Dunnock (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Wren (*1); Common Gull (*3); Canada Goose (*74); Mute Swan (*3); Gadwall (*28); Great Crested Grebe (*4); Robin (*3); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*10); Cormorant (*5); Teal (*2); Grey Heron (*4); Goosander (*1); Jackdaw (*3); Goldfinch (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1) plus good numbers of Tufted Duck and oodles of Black Headed Gulls; Coots; Mallards and quite a few Moorhens.

A Shiny Woodlouse was new for the year along with a few fungi.

 

3rd January 2021 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - A walk away from folk in fine weather. The birds seen were:- Starling; Magpie; Wren; Robin; Blackbird; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Mallard; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Common Gull; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Scaup; Little Egret; Teal; Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail; Cormorant; Goosander; Bullfinch; Gadwall; Meadow Pipit; Buzzard; Kestrel; Mistle Thrush; Lapwing; Feral Pigeon; Song Thrush; Sparrowhawk; Jackdaw and Goldeneye.

Dandelion sp and Gorse were in flower.

Wall Rue; Hart's Tongue Fern and Maidenhair Spleenwort were looking lush and 2 Roe Deer were nice to see.

Later identified was the lichen Cladonia fimbriata.

 

2nd January 2021 - Cheadle Heath - River Mersey - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A circular walk with the missus with the binoculars left at home. We saw a few birds nonetheless, these were:- House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Pied Wagtail; Starling; Great Tit; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Song Thrush; Magpie; Mallard; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Goosander; Grey Heron; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Dipper and Dunnock.

Physcia aipolia was in fruit and Groundsel was in flower.

 

1st January 2021 - Astley and Chat Mosses, Irlam, G. Manchester - Local, away from people and with a snow white winter wonderland to enjoy, birds seen were as follows:- Blackbird (*26); Starling (*100+); House Sparrow (*9); Black Headed Gull (*44); Goldfinch (*8); Blue Tit (*7); Song Thrush (*11); Wood Pigeon (*50+); Buzzard (*5); Pheasant (*5); Kestrel (*2); Carrion Crow (*7); Mistle Thrush (*2); Robin (*20); Chaffinch (*30+); Magpie (*4); Wren (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Treecreeper (*1); Great Tit (*4); Reed Bunting (*2); Great Black Backed Gull (*1); Herring Gull (*1); Oystercatcher (*8); Cormorant (*1); Dunnock (*1); Yellowhammer (*3); Collared Dove (*1); Jackdaw (*16); Tree Sparrow (*1) and Feral Pigeon (*1).

Hogweed and Daisy were in flower and a Grey Squirrel was the first of the year.

2 common lichens were recorded, these being:- Lecidella elaeochroma and Xanthoria parietina.