FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2024
 
FEBRUARY
 

26th February 2024 - Lindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire - A walk in the chilled weather with very little to report. The few birds seen were:- Robin (*2); Magpie (*4); Great Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Mallard (*11); Moorhen (*10); Coot (*2); Cormorant (*1); Canada Goose (*2); Black Headed Gull (*22); Dunnock (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Goldfinch (*4) and Coal Tit (*1).

WE also saw:- 1 * Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris); 9 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); 2 * Common Frog (Rana temporaria); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 2 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus) and a few fungi.

 
25th February 2024 - Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, Cheshire - A short circular walk before a visit to the Red Telephone Box Cafe. Along with a few fungi we saw Daisy; Hazel; Groundsel; Common Field Speedwell and Dandelion agg in flower, Wood Pigeon (*1); Robin (*2); Magpie (*2); Blackbird (*1) and Blue Tit (*1) plus the Moss (Bryum capillare).
 

25th February 2024 - Risley Moss, Warrington, Cheshire - A visit to an area we hadn't been to for quite a while. It was sunny and quiet and made for a nice stroll after the previous nights gig. The few mini-beasts seen were:- 1 * Snail Hunter Beetle (Cychrus caraboides); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) plus 2 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 2 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); 2 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon stramentor); 1 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon suspiciosus); 1 * Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) and the mosses (Bryum capillare) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

The birds were represented by:- Jackdaw (*2); Robin (*4); Great Tit (*6); Blackbird (*3); Chaffinch (*4); Blue Tit (*4); Dunnock (*2); Wood Pigeon (*5); Coal Tit (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*3); Siskin (*2); Goldcrest (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Canada Goose (*2); Common Buzzard (*1) and Herring Gull (*1).

 

23rd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - The end of the week, work finished, a coffee and a walk down a different stretch of the river, from the end of Fletcher Moss to Didsbury Bridge. It is an area I have walked many times but I am planning to make it a more frequent pootle, it is ideal for an end of week waltz.

The mixed bag of species seen were:- 4 * Harvestman Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum); 2 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Hairy Snail (Trochulus hispidus); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 1 * Strawberry Snail (Trochulus striolatus); 4 * Amber Snail (Succinea putris); 2 * Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); 31 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 3 * Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); 2 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and 2 * Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata).

Birds recorded were:- Goosander (*5); Carrion Crow (*1); Great Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*6); Dunnock (*1); Starling (*9); Song Thrush (*1); Robin (*1); Mallard (*3); Feral Pigeon (*8); Magpie (*3); Goldcrest (*1) and Long Tailed Tit (*1).

Ivy Leaved Speedwell was now in flower.

22nd February 2024 - Stamford Park, Altrincham, G. Manchester - A short walk after a morn mooching around the local shops. The few birds fed and recorded at this small park were:- Robin (*2); Wood Pigeon (*6); Magpie (*3); Mistle Thrush (*1); Moorhen (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Canada Goose (*10); Mallard (*16); Blackbird (*4); Redwing (*3); Blue Tit (*2); Great Tit (*1); Goldcrest (*1); House Sparrow (*12); Jackdaw (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Dunnock (*1); Wren (*1) and a good flock of Feral Pigeon who sat and my arm and hand whilst guzzling seeds.

Also added were:- Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

20th February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A break from the desk at work, the skies were grey and there was a slight breeze but it was far from cold.  The insects seen were:- 60 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 11 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).  I also saw 2 Wood Pigeons; 2 Magpies and a  Irish Cellar Slug (Limacus maculatus).
19th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling homewards and 2 Grey Wagtails; 2 Blue Tits and 7 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) were all recorded.

19th February 2024 - Fog Pane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - Another cycle, another walk, another coffee. The few insects seen were:- 1 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); 1 * Ground Beetle (Badister bullatus); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia) and 2 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes).

Also added were:- 2 * Balkan Three Band Slug (Ambigolimax parvipenis); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) plus White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

I spied a Brown Rat; the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) and Daisy; Cherry Plum; Cornelian Cherry and Hairy Bittercress were in flower.

Bird species seen were:- Jackdaw; Magpie; Ring Necked Parakeet; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Starling; Coot; Moorhen; Mandarin Duck; Canada Goose; Mallard; Robin; Blackbird; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Goldcrest; Coal Tit; Nuthatch; Wren; Bullfinch; Chaffinch; Great Tit and Feral Pigeon.

Wood Bristle Moss (Lewinskya affinis) was added and was bearing a rather nice fungus (see Fungal Sightings 2024).

18th February 2024 - Stamford Park, Stalybridge, Tameside - The young un' had health and safety training, we had a short pootle and a coffee. Bird species recorded were:- Mallard; Moorhen; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Redwing; Robin; Wren; Goosander; Grey Wagtail; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Coot; Mute Swan; Greenfinch; Black Headed Gull and Goldfinch.

A fine Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Tawny Soil Slug (Arion owenii) were seen as well as 6 * Beetle (Vincenzellus ruficollis); a cheeky Brown Rat, a sweet Grey Squirrel fed from my hand and the Lichen (Physcia adscendens) was noted.

17th February 2024 - Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, G. Manchester - After the missus' operation earlier in the week we have to take it easy so a short walk was had today before I then went to my mates memorial gig. The gentle pootle produced the following bird species:- House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Starling; Tufted Duck; Long Tailed Tit; Mute Swan; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Ring Necked Parakeet; Magpie and Carrion Crow.

We also saw:- 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax); 5 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 9 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes).

Daisy; Pineappleweed and Cherry Plum were in flower.

16th February 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A long and stressful week, a couple of moth species decided to come and saw 'Hello', these were:- Beautiful Plume (*2) and Mompha subbistrigella (*1).

11th February 2024 - Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle, Derbyshire - A walk in the fog with the missus. Mosses recorded were:- Bryum capillare; Orthotrichum pulchellum; Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum anomalum; Schistidium crassipilum; Dicranoweisia cirrata; Campylopus introflexus; Kindbergia praelonga and Grimmia pulvinata. Birds listed were:- Dunnock (*1); Mallard (*24); Blue Tit (*4); Chaffinch (*2); Blackbird (*2); Magpie (*1); Teal (*1); Pheasant (*1); Wood PIgeon (*1); Robin (*1); Canada Goose (*18); Greylag Goose (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Goldfinch (*4); Tufted Duck (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1); Siskin (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*4) and Wren (*1).

10th February 2024 - Alexandra Park, Moss Side, G. Manchester - A walk on me todd before footy and a gig. I had a coffee, fed a Grey Squirrel out of my hand and a few other birds came and enjoyed the scraps. The birds seen were:- Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Magpie (*1); Robin (*1); Carrion Crow (*3); Wood Pigeon (*2); Feral Pigeon (*100 approx); Tufted Duck (*23); Mute Swan (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Mallard (*14); Canada Goose (*7); Black Headed Gull (*47); Blue Tit (*4); Nuthatch (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Redwing (*9) and a few Coot.

I also saw:- Red Dead Nettle in flower; 2 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 3 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

9th February 2024 - Otterspool, Liverpool, Merseyside - The second place of the day and a good stretch of the legs was had, rain avoided and another cafe visit enjoyed. Birds recorded were:- Oystercatcher (*60 approx); Greenfinch; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Wren; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Turnstone (*32); Lesser Black Backed Gull; Cormorant; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Redshank; Dunling (*2); Shelduck; Teal; Collared Dove; Curlew; Kestrel; Starling; Song Thrush; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit and Ring Necked Parakeet.

Common Whitlow Grass; Daisy; Groundsel; Red Dead Nettle and Hazel were in flower and I also spied more Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni); a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); a Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); and a Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

9th February 2024 - Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Merseyside - A meet-up with some nice friends, a pootle, a coffee and the birds recorded were:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Ring Necked Parakeet; Moorhen; Mallard; Canada Goose; Coot; Herring Gull; Cormorant; Feral Pigeon; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Robin; Redwing; Nuthatch; Mistle Thrush; Black Headed Gull; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Treecreeper and Goldcrest.

Also added to the list were:- 2 * Eight Striped Darkiling Beetle (Nalassus laevioctostriatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 53 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica); 4 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 3 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 2 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and an abundance of Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni).

8th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk into town in horrid conditions. I only dawdled once when I heard a bird call that rung a bell. I turned and there at the side of me within 10 feet where 3 Waxwings feeding on some rather swollen rose-hips. I was stricken with delight and the sleet was duly forgotten - what a treat. Other birds noted along this short stretch were:- Treecreeper (*1; Blackbird (*2); Feral Pigeon (*2); Carrion Crow (*3): Robin (*|1); Blue tit 9*1); Mallard (*2); Magpie (*1) and Long Tailed Tit (*4)

A lone Ox-Eye Daisy bloom was also seen.

7th February 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A meet up with 3 fine gents who are always smashing company. We had a coffee to start and finish, we didn't see a great deal but we had some quality for a February day. Insects seen were:- 1 * Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); 1 * Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 100+ Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 2 * Clouded Mompha (Mompha langiella); 1 * Rove Beetle (Quedius fuliginosus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Platynus assimilis); 1 * Ground Beetle (Leistus fulvibarbis) and 5 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae).

Also added were:- 1 * Short Tailed Vole (Microtus agrestis); 2 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a couple of White Legged Snake Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger).

I took my bins and never got them out but the few birds I did see were:- Magpie (*2); Bullfinch (*1); Blackbird (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Blue Tit (*1); Great Tit (*1); Robin (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Wood Pigeon (*1); Mistle Thrush (*4); Jackdaw (*1) and Buzzard (*1). A flock of Pink Footed Geese flew over and made a fine racket.

6th February 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a coffee and a read I headed home under more lashing rain. I fed the birds again and whilst wandering I recorded:- Grey Heron (*2): Moorhen (*2): Goldfinch (*6); Blackbird (*5); Robin (*3); Dunnock (*2): Sparrowhawk (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Jay (*1) and Mistle Thrush (*2);

I also saw:- 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and 1 * Hornet (Vespa crabro); 1 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon suspiciosus) and a Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis).

6th February 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the piddling rain. I put food out for the birds, they remained hunkered down but I did see:- Blackbird (*2); Cormorant (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*7): Great Tit (*5); Redwing (*3); Black Headed Gull (*200 approx); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Canada Goose (*3); Goosander (*3); Blue Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*11); Mallard (*9); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Moorhen (*1) and Ring Necked Parakeet (*2).

Sweet Violet was in flower and the Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was adorning the branches of an old Elder. The only other species noted were 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum).

5th February 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Heading homeward and with a few fungi noted the only other species seen were:- 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus niger); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 21 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 2 Common Buzzards circled over the nearby river.

5th February 2024 - Fog Pane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A cycle, a walk, a new place recorded at. Birds noted were:- Wren (*1); Wood Pigeon (*5); Treecreeper (*1); Redwing (*6); Nuthatch (*2); Dunnock (*1); Goldfinch (*5): Grey Heron (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Black Headed Gull (*19); Common Gull (*11); Jackdaw (*9); Starling (*11); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Blue Tit (*3); Song Thrush (*2): Bullfinch (*5); Blackbird (*1); Robin (*4); Siskin (*5); Carrion Crow (*4); Feral Pigeon (*25); Mandarin Duck (*9); Canada Goose (*8); Mallard (*57); Coot (*6); Moorhen (*3); Magpie (*17); Great Tit (*1) and oodles of Ring Necked Parakeets.

I noted also the following array of wildlife:- 1 * Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis); 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); 3 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 34 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus niger); 1 * Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); 15 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Agonum muelleri); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica) and plenty Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) and the mosses:- Tortula muralis; Grimmia pulvinata and Bryum capillare.

Groundsel; Hazel and Forsythia were in flower.

4th February 2024 - Big Pool Wood, Gronant, Flintshire - A return to a place that is tucked away to say the least. The wind was whipping, a quick wander bore a few fungi and:- Sparrowhawk (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Great Tit (*2) and Rook (*2).

Red Campion; Dog's Mercury and Sweet Violet with Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage on the cusp.

White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Hart's-Tongue Fern and the Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) were the few other species added.

4th February 2024 - Point of Ayr, Talacre, Flintshire - A birding wander saw the species noted as follows:- Snow Bunting (*5); Linnet (*3); Stonechat (*1) plus Skylark; Little Egret; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Shelduck; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Pheasant; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Coot; Meadow Pipit; Tufted Duck; Pink Footed Goose; Shoveler; Wigeon; Goldfinch; Teal; Redshank; Jackdaw; Starling; Canada Goose; Oystercatcher; Mallard; Lapwing; Rook; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Collared Dove; Pied Wagtail; Herring Gull and Curlew plus Song Thrush; Robin; Wren and Dunnock on call.

Alexanders; Common Field Speedwell; Daisy; Cherry Plum; Groundsel; Gorse; Colt's-Foot and Dandelion agg were all in flower and we also added:- 30+ * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) and Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica).

 

3rd February 2024 - Eccles Utd/Port Salford Greenway, G. Manchester - A new footy ground and prior to the game we saw what we could see. Birds noted were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull (*3); Black Headed Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Blackbird (*3); Carrion Crow (*3); Wood Pigeon (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Magpie (*3) and Goldfinch (*3).

Hazel and Shepherd's Purse were in flower; a fine carpet of the Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) was noted along with the mosses:- Funaria hygrometrica and Orthotrichum pulchellum.

4 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 2 Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata) were added too.

 

2nd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A longer route home from work with a coffee at a cafe, a cycle and then a walk down the river just outside of Fletcher Moss. Lesser Celandine was producing several flowers and the birds noted were:- Great Tit (*3); Carrion Crow (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*4); Blackbird (*1); Mallard (*6); Starling (*26); Magpie (*1) and Goosander (*1).

4 examples of the Ground Beetle (Paranchus albipes) were found beneath wood at the side of the river.

 
1st February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short stroll away from the work desk and a Blue Tit called whilst sat atop a bare tree, a Dunnock sang with ardour, 2 Magpies looked up to no good and 2 Wood Pigeons pootled on a bowling green.  Orthotrichum pulchellum and Grimmia pulvinata were two mossed growing on the trunk of a living Beech Tree and a few Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) darted about beneath a few bits of timber.
 
1st February 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - A brace of Song Thrush were singing away and looking chipper whilst 3 Wood Pigeons sat huddled up in the early morning gloom. A Bullfinch flew by on the way home.
 

JANUARY

30th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Back in work, a short dinnertime walk saw me see:- 11 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis).
 

29th January 2024 - Alexandra Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk under head-screwing clouds with a slow mizzle falling and the general ambience one of dreary dimensions. I fed the birds, noted Hazel and Mahonia in flower, found the Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and even spied a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). The birds I counted were:- Redwing (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Canada Goose (68); Magpie (*10); Carrion Crow (*1); Robin (*3); Collared Dove (*1); Mallard (*21); Feral Pigeon (*95 approx); Moorhen (*10); Blackbird (*2); Coot (*7); Grey Heron (*2); Wood Pigeon (*9); Nuthatch (*1); House Sparrow (*2); Blue Tit (*2); Goosander (*12) and Cormorant (*1).

One of the Robins I saw was laying the foundations of a new nest by taking Beech leaves into a tucked away hole in a tree trunk - it was lovely to see.

 

28th January 2024 - RSPB Burton Mere, Cheshire - A short walk to finish the day wit a coffee in the car before heading home. Oodles of Lapwing were out on the marsh along with a few Golden Plover. a Marsh Harrier spooked a few birds and I also added:- Mallard; Cormorant; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Rook; Carrion Crow; Pied Wagtail; Pink Footed Goose; House Sparrow and Jackdaw.

Sweet Violet; Daisy and Red Dead Nettle were in flower.

 
28th January 2024 - RSPB Burton Mere, Cheshire - After a crappy week of stress, food poisoning and tasting weather we got out and tried to clear the heads. A few fungi, a couple of Grey Squirrels, a Brown Rat, a Garden Snail, Large Yellow Slug and the following birds did help:- Blackbird; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Ruddy Shelduck; Kestrel; Little Egret; Greylag Goose; Dunnock; Magpie; Jackdaw; Common Buzzard; Pink Footed Goose; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Pintail; Gadwall; Pheasant; Shoveler; Marsh Harrier; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Mallard; Coot; Wigeon; Curlew; Moorhen; Teal; Lapwing; Common Redshank; Ruff; Shelduck; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Siskin and Raven.
 

22nd January 2024 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A final quick mooch before heading home was taken at this localish area. A few fungi were seen along with:- a Sparrowhawk; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Robin; Long Tailed Tit and 4 Magpies.

The Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) were seen along with the Lichen (Cladonia coniocraea) and a lone Lesser Celandine flower.

Also added was common Smoothcap (Atrichum undulatum).

22nd January 2024 - Styal FC, Cheshire - Just prior to my cafe break I checked the local footy and cricket pitch and saw:- Redwing (*30); Black Headed Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*19); Magpie (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Blackbird (*1) and Wood Pigeon (*3).

22nd January 2024 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A 15.5 mile round trip, with home-made soup, crusty bread and a coffee in the mix - smashing. With a few fungi noted I also added a few birds at this site despite not dawdling:- Black Headed Gull (*24); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Jackdaw (*14); House Sparrow (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Jay (*1); Mallard (*7); Blue Tit (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Goldcrest (*2); Treecreeper (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Wood Pigeon (*4); Blackbird (*1); Wren (*1); Great Tit (*4); Buzzard (*1); Goosander (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Moorhen (*3); Mistle Thrush (*2) and Goldfinch (*2).

I also saw Leopard Slug, Large Yellow Slug agg; Garden Snail; and the Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus).

The Lichen (Ramalina farinacea) was added to the day's sightings and the Mosses (Tortula muralis); (Mnium hornum); (Dicranoweisia cirrata) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

21st January 2024 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A walk with the missus, a bit of birding, general pootling and a shaking of the head at the mindless disturbance, litter-dropping and eyes-wide shut roaming. We enjoyed ourselves, we saw a few birds, these were:- Raven; Blue Tit; Redwing; Robin; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Wren; Kingfisher; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Nuthatch; Dunnock; Goosander; Shoveler; Cormorant; Moorhen; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Long Tailed Tit; Lapwing; Curlew; Common Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Jackdaw; Goldcrest; Jay; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Reed Bunting and Bullfinch.

We also saw the common 4 mosses on a stone bridge:- Orthotrichum anomalum; Grimmia pulvinata; Bryum capillare and Tortula muralis plus nnearby Fissidens bryoides; Fissidens taxifolius and Atrichum undulatum and braving the rising temperatire were 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

A Daisy was the only flower in bloom.

20th January 2024 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A walk with the lasses after a morn shopping. We made good haste as I had an early evening gig to attend, I did note the following bird species:- Magpie; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Dunnock; Cormorant; Robin; Redwing; Blackbird; Coal Tit; Teal; Gadwall; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Goosander; Moorhen; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Long Tailed Tit and Common Gull.

18th January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk home from work, a stop for a coffee and then to Abney Hall for a quick pootle. The birds were fed and I saw:- Goldcrest (*1); Blackbird (*4); Robin (*4); Nuthatch (*2); Wood Pigeon (*1); Magpie (*2); Dunnock (*3); Mistle Thrush (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1) and Song Thrush (*1).

I also spied:- 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Harvestmen (Nemastoma bimaculatum); 1 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and several Variegated Centipedes (Lithobius variegatus).

I also confirmed the Lichen (Physcia aipolia).

17th January 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 Bullfinches, 2 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Ring Necked Parakeets and a Blackbird were all that was seen whilst wandering home.

16th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work in the dark on fresh snowy ground and I only saw a Blackbird. Walking home it was growing dark but I did see a Kingfisher.

15th January 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Out for a coffee with the usual walk taken. Birds were fed and those counted and recorded were:- Carrion Crow (*9); Robin (*6); Blackbird (*4); Cormorant (*8); Magpie (*17); Wood Pigeon (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*16); Goldcrest (*1); Mallard (*34); Blue Tit (*5); Grey Heron (*2); Pied Wagtail (*2); Great Tit (*4); Dunnock (*3); Moorhen (*3); Goldfinch (*1); Wren (*4); Goosander (*10); Mistle Thrush (*3); Jackdaw (*2); Black Headed Gull (*28); Ring Necked Parakeet (*5) and Common Gull (*1).

14th January 2024 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk at a place that has changed over the years with people increasing, disturbance rising and wildlife suffering - so sad. We cracked on and saw the following bird species:- Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Jay; House Sparrow; Siskin; Wren; Grey Heron; Pheasant; Greylag Goose; Common Gull; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Little Egret; Goldcrest; Goldfinch; Redwing; Shoveler; Sparrowhawk; Coal Tit; Willow Tit; Blackbird; Muscovy Duck; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Moorhen; Teal; Mallard; Oystercatcher; Lapwing; Goosander; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Goldeneye; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Robin and Lesser Black Backed Gull.

We also saw:- Hazel; Cornelian Cherry; Sweet Violet and Gorse in flower along with a Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); Common Earwing (Forficula auricularia); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum).

We also saw the Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii), a few Grey Squirrels and added the Lichens (Ramalina farinacea); (Physcia adscendens) and (Xanthora parietina).

The bryophyes listed were:- Grimmia pulvinata; Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum pulchellum and Metzgeria furcata.

Hart's-Tongue Fern was looking a trifle jaded - I know how it feels.

13th January 2024 - Manchester Cemetery, Chorlton, G. Manchester - A walk whilst the missus sorted some papaerwork. The few birds noted were:- Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Robin (*2); Magpie (*1); Wood Pigeon (*3); Jackdaw (*1); Great Tit (*3); Blackbird (*3); Nuthatch (*1); Redwing (*7); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Blue Tit (*1) and Carrion Crow (*6).

Daisy; Groundsel and Ivy Leaved Toadflax were in flower and a few Grey Squirrels were knocking about.

12th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinner break at work, a short walk to feed the birds and I saw:- Carrion Crow (*4); Magpie (*8); Wren (*2); Mallard (*4); Wood Pigeon (*2); Canada Goose (*15); Blackbird (*2); Moorhen (*3); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Blue Tit (*1) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2).

12th January 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first moth of the year was seen, namely, The White Shouldered House Moth.

11th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Going to work in the dark and coming home when the sun is setting is not conducive to many sightings, today though I did spy 1 female Goosander on the River, a Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata) hiding from the cold and lo and behold, Lesser Celandine back in flower.

7th January 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A walk, a coffee and a look in the greenhouses with the lasses. During the walk we recorded a few fungi and noted the following bird species:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Jackdaw; Magpie; Blackbird; Redwing; Robin; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Ring Necked Parakeet; Moorhen and Dunnock.

The Liverwort (Metzgeria fruticulosa) was growing on a fallen Horse Chestnut log and the moss Grimmia pulvinata was found on an unidentified log.

Hairy Bittercress was in flower.

6th January 2024 - Brockholes NR, Preston, Lancashire - Up with the lark, out and a good walk in the sun before the afternoons footy action. 4 Roe Deer were seen on arrival whereupon we had a short walk, a coffee and did a full circuit. Along with 37 fungi we saw the following bird species:- Mallard; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Robin; Wigeon; Gadwall; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Goldeneye; Shoveler; Blue Tit; Wren; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Blackbird; Pied Wagtail; Grey Heron; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Buzzard; Coal Tit; Nuthatch and a pair of loved up Goldcrests.

Two Liverworts noted were:- Orthotrichum pulchellum; Plagiomnium undulatum and Metzgeria furcata. We also saw a few Grey Squirrels.

5th January 2024 - Sett Valley Trail, New Mills, Derbyshire - More fungi hunting with a coffee at halfway and coffee and soup to finish - smashing. Birds seen along this stretch were:- Robin (*8); Blackbird (*2); Jackdaw (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Magpie (*1); Great Tit (*7); Carrion Crow (*1); Nuthatch (*3); Treecreeper (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Coal Tit (*1); Dunnock (*1) and Magpie (*2).

I also noted the mosses:- Plagiomnium undulatum; Fissidens taxifolius; Funaria hygrometrica; Grimmia pulvinata and Bryum capillare.

I also found the Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii), saw a couple of Grey Squirrels and added the Lichens (Ramalina farinacea) and (Evernia prunastri).

5th January 2024 - Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Walkway, New Mills, Derbyshire - Out on the train and at part one of the walk for 8.30am. I had a short pootle before aiming for the second part that would be split by a coffee. At this first area I noted a few fungi and the following birds:- Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*1); Robin (*1); Magpie (*3); Jackdaw (*1); Dipper (*2); Feral Pigeon (*7); Blue Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1) and Blackbird (*1).

Hogweed was in flower and I also added Common Polypody agg, Wall Rue, the Lichen (Ramalina farinacea) and the mosses (Tortula muralis); (Atrichum undulatum) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum) and the Liverwort (Metzgeria consanguinea).

4th January 2024 - Ladybrook Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short jaunt befopre dropping the bike off for brake repairs. the few birds seen were:- Carrion Crow (*28); Magpie (*23); Grey Heron (*1); Blue Tit (*3); Robin (*6); Wood Pigeon (*2); Blackbird (*2); Great Tit (*5); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1) and Coal Tit (*1).

I also saw a few Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni).

3rd January 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Just before arriving home I wandered through this small park and saw a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Great Tit (*2); Robin (*1); Magpie (*2); Blackbird (*4) and Song Thrush (*1).

Along the nearby river was a fine patch of Catherine's Moss (Atrichum undulatum).

Outside a nearby house I found a Leafmine on Tansy (which was in flower) and with the kind help of an on-line expert duly confirmed Chromatomyia horticola.

3rd January 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - I had a second coffee of the day after a splish-splash cycle. I didn't hang around after slurping duties but I did see the Crescent Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata) and the Hart's Tongue Thyme Moss (Plagiomnium undulatum).

3rd January 2024 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A coffee, a read and a chat and then a decision made to go from the cafe to Chorlton to see what I could see. Of course it was raining again but so what, stopping in is no good for anyone. I cycled, had a walk and came home filthy, bird species seen were:- Starling; Magpie; Great Tit; Feral Pigeon; Blue Tit; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Mallard; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Gadwall; Ring Necked Parakeet; Black Headed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Goosander; Siskin; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Pink Footed Goose; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Jay; Goldfinch; Moorhen; Common Gull and Chaffinch.

Pineappleweed and Hairy Bittercress were in flower.

2nd January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - The rain was falling as I fed the birds and had a mooch. The few bird species seen were:- Carrion Crow (*3); Dunnock (*1); Nuthatch (*2); Robin (*3); Wood Pigeon (*3); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Magpie (*1); Mallard (*23); Goosander (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Moorhen (*4); Coot (*2); Black Headed Gull (*4); Mandarin Duck (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1); Blackbird (*8); Great Tit (*3) and Blue Tit (*5).

Dilated Scalewort (Frullania dilatata) and Forked Veilwort (Metzgeria furcata) were two Liverworts recorded as well as the following mosses on a brick wall:- Thickpoint Grimmia (Schistidium crassipilum); Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata); Wall Screw Moss (Tortula muralis); Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare); Common Feather Moss (Kindbergia praelonga) and Anomalous Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum anomalum).

2 other mosses found on Oak were:- Wood Bristle Moss (Lewinskya affinis) and Elegant Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

Wood Avens was in flower.

2nd January 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up and out in shabby weather. I don't mind the rain though and with a brolly raised I marched on and hd a pootle. The weather was mighty swollen and the banks are being eroded by folk and their dogs, I best make the most of this walk before it is sectioned off. Birds seen were few due to the conditions but I did record:- Goldfinch (*1); Great Tit (*8); Magpie (*9); Blackbird (*5); Wood Pigeon (*8); Goosander (*1); Mallard (*26); Carrion Crow (*6); Wren (*1); Blue Tit (*4); Goldcrest (*2); Feral Pigeon (*5); Song Thrush (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Kingfisher (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*11); Dunnock (*2); Moorhen (*1); Black Headed Gull (*5); Common Gull (*2) and Grey Heron (*3).

Hazel was bearing an array of lovely catkins; Groundsel was in flower and 31 examples of the Gray Cross Spider (Larinioides sclopetarius) were seen too.

Hart's Tongue Fern; White Legged Snake Millipede and Garden Snail were also added along with the Lichens (Cladonia coniocraea) and (Physcia adscendens).

The Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was noted on Salix.

1st January 2024 - Astley/Chat Moss, G. Manchester - Up and out with 18, 000 steps nailed and a nice chat and a coffee in a cafe afterwards. Birds seen today were:- Lesser Redpoll (*10); Carrion Crow (*3); Wren (*2); Meadow Pipit (*4); Teal (*5); Mistle Thrush (*7); Mallard (*48); Canada Goose (*42); Reed Bunting (*4); Blue Tit (*1); Magpie (*14); Chaffinch (*2); Black Headed Gull (*39); Robin (*4); Pheasant (*6); Pied Wagtail (*9); Grey Partridge (*9); Greenfinch (*7); Redwing (*2); Common Buzzard (*2); Wood Pigeon (*9); Starling (*22); Long Tailed Tit (*23); Blackbird (*10); House Sparrow (*10); Cormorant (*1); Stock Dove (*2); Great Tit (*2); Goldfinch (*4); Jackdaw (*5); Song Thrush (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Lapwing (*12) and Fieldfare (*32).

Gorse; Common Field Speedwell; Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Groundsel and Dandelion agg were in flower.

Mosses noted were:- Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum anomalum; Kindbergia praelonga; Polytrichum commune; Campylopus introflexus; and Grimmia pulvinata. I also spied a some Shiny and Rough Woodlice; a couple of Garlic Snails and the Lichens (Xanthoria parietina) and (Ramalina farinacea).

A few Grey Squirrels were added to the day's tally too - well, it is the new year.