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Post Info TOPIC: Bits & Bobs, Odds & Sods (other wildlife)


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RE: Bits & Bobs, Odds & Sods (other wildlife)


The only consolation from waiting half an hour for the bus up to Strinesdale last Sunday was a new addition to my fungus list. Cellar Club growing between the fairly newly laid paving stones at one of the bus stops at Oldham Mumps. In among all the litter at first I thought someone had dumped pasta from a packaged salad!

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First queen bumblebees of the year just; two buff-tailed around the Uni campus on Oxford Road.

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Blackthorn in flower Walshaw



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Late post for last Saturday

A Red Admiral was sunning itself on laurels in my Pennington back garden.

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Tufted Vetch still in flower (9th Dec!) alongside the slip road off Jn 4 M56 Whythenshaw.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Friday 9th of December 2016 07:46:08 PM

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Nettle Leaved Bell Flower on waste ground outide Manchester Victoria.



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Numerous Amanita fungus growing under the large conifer trees near Debanhams end of Trafford Centre this afternoon. After a bit of research I think they are 'The Blusher' Amanita Rubescens

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Eyed hawk moth on st annes road, chorlton, this morning.

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Out in my Chorlton back yard with the bat detector; as well as the usual common pipistrelle that were about, picked up a noctule going over. smile

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Marsh Marigold plant with several flowers open Moses Gate

Dogs Mercury in flower Clifton Aqueduct, Wood Sorrel on opposite river bank same area

Primrose and Lesser Celandine in flower Mere Clough.



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driving home @22-45 last night when a fox crossed the road nr spring view cricket club.

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Red Clover and Oxeye Daisy in Bury Centre in flower



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Street tree feeders , Burleigh rd. Stretford -
The squirrel was on the extra feeder I put up the other day , avoiding the new metal one with spikes and the old one covered in olive oil.
The extra one leaves the squirrel in a more vulnerable spot than the rest so it avoids using it , but once accessed the rewards are greater.
With it raining it wasn't much use squirting it with water .
Out came the Ali 2.99 catapult .
From my sniper position ( front door hallway ) used ice cube ammo ...ie hearts,squares and discs to fire at the invader !
Alas they are not aerodynamic to say the least. .....on my penultimate shot no# 11 BULLSEYE !!! right on the critters backside. ...
.... It Didn't Budge..the "Force with me wasnt" .... got my extendable pole marched across no-man's land and tried to "whack it ".
This worked , it flew through the tree to the nearby sorbus and I gave it a poke.
Not seen it since. .... think I'll get a RSPB feeder instead , it's got to be easier.

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We use sunflower hearts at home and would regularly go through a full feeder in a day becuase the squirrel would scoff the lot

We invested in a "squirrel buster mini" from the RSPB



the outer cage is supported by a spring - if anything too heavy gets on the perches, the cage drops and closes the feeder

we're still getting through a feeder's worth every day, but it's all birds now! The squirrel has been totally defeated, and as such has moved off, meaning birdlife has flocked back. Goldfinches, Greenfinches, bullfinches, coal tits, blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, robins, wrens, nuthatches, the odd siskin, even a woodpecker (great spotted). Wonderful. Worth the investment, so much that we've bought a second to put in another location which is gaining popularity

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 3rd of November 2015 03:28:17 PM

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Recently installed a squirrel Resistant feeder in the tree at Burleigh rd . Stretford, the plastic ones are getting chewed to bits by the grey squirrels . The feeder is basically a metal tube with lots of holes in it , similar to a nut feeder but with a thicker criss-cross mesh and diamond shaped holes . Best used for Sunflower Hearts .... you've probably seen em .
Anyhoo ! the squirrels can get a few seeds poking out but not many , and they soon "naff off" . Also I pushed twigs through to add extra
perches. This also made it awkward for the squirrels. ....... until I saw one up-side down pulling them OUT ! And chewing others off .
Last night I added new perches sprayed with a" mozzy" deterant (skin so soft by Avon - this is really bitter to taste and works) then covered them with Chilli powder . It worked this morning - squirrel soon left with no damage to feeder.
As it sat in an adjacent sorbus tree a Ginger cat climbed the feeder tree and tried in vain to get it . Too Far Away. - it was Angry. ..
Down it got ....went through the fence to the sorbus tree .... they both have vanished now - RESULT - A DOUBLE SIX .
It's getting like the Serengetti down here !

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Driving home @00-25 when a fox ran across Liverpool road at hindley nr low hall car park,



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Still good numbers of Large whites and at least 5 speckled wood along Canal between Marsland road and Walton road in Sale today.

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Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the buddleia in our garden (Marple)

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11 red admiral and 3 small tortoiseshell butterfly + loads of bees and wasps on and around buddleia and roses in my bickershaw back garden this afternoon,

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Originally posted today by Bernard McGurrin:

5 red admiral in my bickershaw back garden on and around the buddleai this afternoon


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Good numbers of Speckled wood and also a single very scruffy Brimstone along Bridgewater canal between Sale and Walton park. Also well in excess of 15 grey squirrel and 3+ unidentified Hawkers.

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Banded Demoiselle on Bridgewater canal near Marsland road bridge also good numbers (or should that read bad numbers!?) of Grey Squirrel along the Canal between Sale Town centre and Walton park including one seen briefly which looked almost entirely black!

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth near "the bonk" in Golborne

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Brabyns Park Marple- Quite a few things which included Cowbane several plants seems to be common in Cheshire, Wood Stitchwort in Flower, and Leaf Beetle Plateumaris sericea in two colour forms of metallic Bronze and Green on the lilly pond (ID Spur hind tibia and characteristic seam rear base of elytral suture and detail on Pronotum.)



-- Edited by Ian Boote on Sunday 21st of June 2015 06:20:22 PM

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On Pamona Salford WE Chrysolina hyperici St Johnswort Leaf Beetle on Perforate St Johnswort. Bright purple/green with rows of twin dimples not common probably overlooked in GM

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Tuesday 16th of June 2015 10:16:17 PM

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Very pretty ichneumon wasp in the back yard yesterday; Haemorrhoicus crassigena, I think, looking at internet sites, but am certainly no expert on our multitude of wasp species.

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Burleigh rd , Stretford - Street tree feeders . . . Yesterday Mon 01.06.15 . . . . . The Squirrel turned up after its holiday and went straight to the feeders so it had to be Dealt With . . .(because squirrel in the tree means not a single bird will be present in the whole tree until it has finished eating. And lots of other reasons as well . ) I changed the nozzle on my "squirter" , giving longer range but finer jet of water. Having sneaked up to it , I got a Bullseye first shot . Then two more - by this time Squirrel realised it did'nt have to worry about a little jet of water . It then sat in an adjacent tree and laughed at me as my squirter jet fell short of it by 2 INCHES . It adapted to the situation brilliantly . Thats why they're so successful . So back to the drawing board.

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Mink spotted yesterday 13/05/15 was reported on LOS report form.

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Mink spotted yesterday 13/05/15 on R. Mersey between Stretford Ees and Chorlton brook outlet into r. Mersey

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Three good stands of Water Violet in flower Moses Gate.

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Brimstone in the Hinds Mill area Bury at the end of the BB canal.

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Bee Fly - Bombylius major and Cucko Bee Nomada Flavapreying on mining bees like Grey Mining Bee
Andrena cineraria which was also seen.

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News from yesterday the 8th, two male Brimstones along Vicars Hall lane Astley/Boothstown and two maless on a large patch of bramble on the the east lancs road at Lingards lane Astley, also lots of Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell all over the Astley area.

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My first common wasp queen of the year seen opposite Chorlton bus station this morning.

She was in the middle of the pavement; made myself late moving her somewhere safer.

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Brimstone seen near Bents Garden Centre Wigan MBC later today

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A very bright Brimstone in my garden in Astley today, also up to four Small Tortoiseshells and a couple of Peacocks.

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Brimstone butterfly this afternoon, by Junction 3 of M61, as I was driving past.

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Moth The Herald - Scoliopteryx libatrix in Whitefield

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Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) in flower today at Moses Gate.

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Galanthus woronowii or Green Snowdrop. Has other common names ID Leaf width, colour, connection to other leaves, and flower markings. Growing at Etherow CP one fair sized clump assume introduced but in wood near pool growing well.

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Petasites japonicus, also known as bog rhubarb, or giant butterbur8 plants in flower growing wild in the Medlock Valley.

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Narcissus pseudonarcissus Wild Daffodil at a site in GM appears to be perfectly naturalised and unplanted after checking records

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Rusty-back Fern, Ceterach officinarum growing out of a wall near Asda Reddish a rare plant in GM

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Knott Hill 2 patches of (Gymnocarpium dryopteris) Oak Fern, also Hard Fern, Common Polypody, Wood Sorrel, Wych Elm.

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Saturday 8th of November 2014 12:40:58 PM

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Around the Cathedral Pin Oak, Tulip Tree, Sweet Chestnut, Fat Hen, Goat Rue and Black Nightshade

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A good morning for Butterflies in my Whitefield garden.
10.00a.m.

5 Red Admirals
2 Commas
1 Painted Lady (the first I've seen in the garden since 2008)
Plus dozens of Hoverflies all feeding on the flowers of Ivy.

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common blue sow thistle at Elton 6 plants and Persicaria campanulata or lesser knotweed at the point where the Cheesden Brook joins the River Roach rather rare and not to be confused with its thug cousins. Which were also seen recently at Moses gate with some sort of Leaf Spot Fungus. There are trials of a leaf spot fungus to control this monster but that does not mean this is that fungus. Also AM at central Bury 3 Roe Deer.

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What look likes Polypodium interjectum Intermediate Polypody found growing up in a tree and bridge in the Elton Area. Quite rare for Bury.


-- Edited by Ian Boote on Tuesday 5th of August 2014 05:53:37 PM

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in Ramsbottom very up close views of Butterfly white Letter Hairstreak and Red Legged Shield bug.

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Park Bridge Bio Blitz a rewarding if damp day. Personnel highlights- Knotting Gall, Royal Fern, Marsh Pea, Wood Sage, Valerian, Sunflower, Common Toad, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper and loads of Ringlets. Birds were a bit sparse with Dipper, Chiffchaff, and Blackcap.

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