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Post Info TOPIC: Oldham - Chadderton & Werneth (other wildlife)


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RE: Oldham - Chadderton & Werneth (other wildlife)


You know the weather's bad when there's a Fox checking out the gardens on a busy suburban road in Werneth at 11.30 a.m!

Rather shaggy-coated and definitely not as relaxed with humans as the foxes on the local trading estate, he was surprised to emerge through a front gate just in front of me and bolted off a short distance down the road before turning off into another front garden. The fact that he was even more surprised to find me still walking down the road when he emerged from that garden suggests maybe a last year's cub. He fled back up the path towards the back garden and hopefully found some quieter foraging there.

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A Pipistrelle sp. over the roof at about 17.45 yesterday evening, and a good showing of Snowy Waxcaps in the verges on Lansdowne Road, also several Shaggy Inkcaps at Apfel Lane.


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More Snowy Waxcaps at Apfel Lane but more scattered than the other clump, with a few Blackening Waxcaps and possibly a specimen of Vermilion as well; also lots of Candlesnuff and a Mycena -probably Milking Bonnet but I didn't have time to check details.

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A 'fairy ring' of Snowy Waxcap on one of the mounds at Apfel Lane today.

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Nearly trod on an Angle Shades lurking on a leaf-strewn kerb as I was heading into Oldham this morning.

Good selection of Shaggy Inkcap at Apfel Lane as usual.

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Three Foxes out tonight. A slim rangy animal with the look and colouring of a Jackal, which I've seen before, was prowling a regular area while a pair of shorter, thicker-furred russet toned 'Basil Brush' types betrayed their inexperience by making a dash for it when lurking in cover might have served them better. Certainly lacked the casual insouciance of some of their predecessors.biggrin

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A large but sadly defunct Hedgehog on Windsor Road this morning, near the grounds of the Grammar School. The animal was still largely intact and looked as if it might have been killed while in the act of rolling up defensively. First evidence of Hedgehogs in this area I've seen in the 12 years I've been living here.

Elsewhere, occasional sightings of a young male Fox along my Sunday evening route home from Chadderton.

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A fox was quietly foraging along part of Windsor Road last night about 22.45, completely unnoticed by (most biggrin) people and dogs passing within feet of it.

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A fox was quietly foraging along part of Windsor Road last night about 22.45, completely unnoticed by (most biggrin) people and dogs passing within feet of it.

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Recent sightings:

Sulphur Tuft - several clumps Apfel Lane
Shaggy Scalycap - Napier St West
Pleated Inkcap - Manchester road

Fox- Alder Root.

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Another local first for me with a Satellite last night.......also first local Peacocks of the year this morning!

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An attractive new addition to my local list last night - Flame Shoulder. Obviously taking shelter from the elementsbiggrin

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Green-veined White on Suthers Street this afternoon.

Just outside the area A Brown Hawker was cruising the playing fields at Boundary Park.

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Scalloped Oak (deceased) in the gap between door and sill on an internal front door in Apfel Street flats.

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A Fox playing 'chicken' on the tram tracks between South Chadderton and Freehold this afternoon

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Heart and Dart moth sheltering in the entrance to flats on Apfel Lane this afternoon

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Ghost Moth sheltering in the Ivy on Suthers Street bridge last night.

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Fox vocally active last night in the vicinity of the tramline - although it actually sounded like someone neutering a basso profundo chicken biggrin very deep 'clucks' then a higher noise like plucked violin string.

First wasp of the year this afternoon on Apfel Lane.

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Pleated Inkcap - Watts Street

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Shaggy Scalycap - Napier Street West
Velvet Shank - Dalton Street
Shaggy Inkcap - Apfel Lane.

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Common Inkcap: several clusters on the verge near Old Lane
Snowy Waxcap: good, spread cluster in Werneth Park

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20/09/15 Watts Street. Pipistrelle sp. hawking for insects below the canopy of the trees at the Peel Street end

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2 foxes last night - a smallish one on Peel Street practicing its' Highway Code with passing traffic (motorised and pedestrian) and a larger dog fox on Windsor Road quietly going about its' business .

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Went out around 23.30 last night to check on the chances of watching the Persid meteor shower, but there was too much light pollution for any but the very brightest to show through. Did manage my first bat for The Coppice though - a Noctule, judging by size.

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Yes, I gathered from Waring and Townsend that this is the predominant form 'in the north' (wherever that starts biggrin); just the first time I'd seen it. Then again, I'm not a regular trapper.

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Mike Chorley wrote:

Ribband Wave f. remutata taking shelter last night. Not seen this form before in GM





I used to moth trap in West Didsbury, Mike, and had both forms reguarly, albeit more of the typical dark-banded forms I agree. Also on UK Moths there is a pic by Ian Kimber of a remutata, taken in Littleborough.

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Ribband Wave f. remutata taking shelter last night. Not seen this form before in GM

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Light Emerald moth at Windsor Road, also a small, quite worn moth, probably a pug, but the underwing pattern looked more like a carpet moth.

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Fox on Watts Street last night around 22.40. Looked a bit scrawny but seemed lively enough.

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First local butterflies of the year with Peacock and a quite small Small Tortoiseshell. Several Harlequin Ladybirds emerged recently as well.

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1st Shaggy Inkcap and Sulphur Tuft of the autumn on Watts St and Apfel Lane respectively yesterday

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1st Shaggy Inkcap on Watts Street today and a good crop of Brown Rollrim emerged on Suthers Street since Monday

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Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar heading for the shrubbery on Watts Street around 16.30

Brown Hawker over brownfield area on Suthers Street about 15 mins later.

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Angle Shades was an unexpected find on the grass verge of Featherstall Road South this evening

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Several White-tailed & Buff-tailed Bumblebees around the streets and verges today. More Harlequin Ladybirds emerging from the metal gatepost

Good Friday Grass, Mayflower, Groundsel, Common Fumitory, Wall Pennywort, all in flower between Apfel Lane and Manchester Street, along with the Dandelions, Coltsfoot, and various crucifers, chickweeds etc.

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No sign of any Butterflies up on The Coppice yet, but a large brown Hawkmoth type caterpillar was heading for Oldham grammar School playing fields this morning. A few of the Harlequin Ladybirds have emerged from hibernation in the metal gatepost as well.

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Mottled Umber "roosting" on the glass panel of a door on Apfel Lane.

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A couple of Harlequin Ladybirds still wandering around the gatepost of the Windsor Road flats.

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Redlead Roundhead on woodchip at flats on Apfel Lane. 1st specimen for this site

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Good spread of Sulphur Tuft at Apfel Lane, along with a few clumps of Shaggy Inkcap

Minimum of 8 Harlequin Ladybirds on one of the intercom panels for Windsor Road flats

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Lesser Yellow Underwing - Windsor Road

Sulphur Tuft- Dalto Street
Shaggy Inkcap-Watts Street
Mottled Bolete - Suthers Street (my first record for this patch)

Orange Hawkweed - Suthers Street - 2nd flowering on this patch

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Heart and Dart tonight. First Macro Moths locally this year

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Using a similar method to David Lumb's I had a visit from an Angle Shades last night

(the cut and paste method for the emoticons seems to work as well )

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Wednesday 17th of July 2013 02:24:21 PM

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Cinnabar Moth StocKfield Street

Single Orange Hawkweed Suthers Street

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A rather smart & glossy Water Carpet trying to blemd in with the window pane on Windsor Road this afternoon.

Several sightings of Fox in the area recently.

Common Violet, Mayflower, Field Forget-me-not all in flower on Peel Street, brightening up the industrial estate

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Fox crossing Peel St at around 18.50 yesterday

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28-10-2012 23.00 approx.

Fox foraging along Featherstall Road.

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New crop of Sulphur Tuft, lots of Common Bonnet, Ivory waxcap at a new site - all at Apfel lane

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Shaggy Inkcap (in good numbers) and Ivory Waxcap Apfel Lane

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Glistening Inkcap - good crop on old timber Suthers Street
Shaggy Inkcap - Peel Street
possible Sheathed Woodtuft (aka Velvet Toughshank) on Stockfield Street, but too far from the public highway to collect samples

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