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RE: Ludworth Moor (other wildlife)


Common Blue Damselfly c30
Azure Damselfly c10
Blue-tailed Damselfly 4
Large Red Damselfly - only 1 seen
Broad-bodied Chaser 1

Small Heath 9
Meadow Brown 5
Wall 1
Large Skipper 2
No whites seen

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27 Green-Veined White
6 Speckled Wood
4 Large Skipper
4 Small Heath
3 Wall Brown

2 Silver Y

2 Broad Bodied Chaser


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Not much doing birdwise but 7 species of butterfly:

Wall Brown 2 (my first of the year on path near Smithy Farm)
Small Copper 1 (a pristine example and another first for the year)
Green-veined White 26
Speckled Wood 6
Orange Tip 1
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Peacock 1

A few Large Red Damselflies

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The moment we've (well me) all been waiting for: 3 teneral large red damselflies at the quarry pond this p.m. Summer truly begins with the first odonata in my opinion.



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29th March:

A vole feeding under the Larkhill feeders had rich, warm brown upper parts and was almost certainly a Bank Vole.

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The birds played second fiddle to this stoat during an afternoon visit today.



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A butterfly, near certain a comma, flew across my path this morning. Black ice and frost, but obviously not cold enough for it to hibernate yet!



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Birds did not seem to be on the agenda on such a day, and so it turned out.

Had to make do with c15 common darters (inc one pair in tandem), 1 southern hawker, and a solitary male black darter up the bridleway at the littered area. It's not been a great year for them, nor for many of the odonata. Butterflies limited to 4 or 5 red ads scattered about.



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Even more different individual Walls photographed today. Each one has unique nicks and cuts in the wings making them easily identifiable from decent photographs. Total over the past 2 days 8 (Quarry) + 2 (April Cottage)

Also:
Singles of Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown
Gatekeeper 3
Green-veined White 3

A new Hoverfly for me - Platycheirus granditarsus (with its peg-like foot extensions).

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A good count of Wall Browns today:

2 Quarry east, 2 Quarry west (all photographed and by comparison with earlier photographs the quarry colony is at least 8)
Also 2 Opposite April Cottage (this pair embarked on a 5 minute aerial display, circling and swirling around each other closely, only 6-12 inches apart)

Also:
Meadow Brown 1
Green-veined White 4
Red Admiral 2
Speckled Wood 1
Gatekeeper 1

Large numbers of Common Darters around quarry pond - at least 15.

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Several different species of Butterfly seen with most in Derbyshire around Cown Edge and Coombes fm.

Along the PR path before the Picking Rods themselves;

16 Green-Veined White
1 Peacock

In Derbyshire

8 Green-Veined White
7 Gatekeeper
2 Small Tortoiseshell
2 Painted Lady
2 Red Admiral
At least 9 Peacock all in the thistles on the track to Coombes Farm.

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Wall 4 (2 pairs, one at either end of the quarry. the total colony count is now probably around 8. Each pair were displaying and dancing in tight circles)
Painted Lady 1
Small Copper 2 (including a pale washed out individual)
Small Heath 1
Gatekeeper 9
Speckled Wood 2
Green-veined White 11

Plenty of Darters including at least 1 male Black Darter and many teneral darters that I think are also Blacks (see attached photo if anyone can confirm?). There were also plenty of Common Darters, 2 Southern Hawkers and a few Common Emerald Damselflies.

Also in the nearby area 1 myxomatosised Rabbit

Cheers, John

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John Rayner wrote:

I have now photographed 4 individual Wall Browns in the quarry.

A male and female at the traditional site and another male and female at the eastern end of the quarry
Gatekeepers 5
Meadow Browns 2 (rather tatty now)
Green-veined White 2

A few teneral Darters flushed and flew so never got a good look - Common or Black?

Common Frog 1
Common Toad 1

Cheers John


 John,

Do you want to do your usual comparison check with this first one I saw at the quarry last week?

Andy

 



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I have now photographed 4 individual Wall Browns in the quarry.

A male and female at the traditional site and another male and female at the eastern end of the quarry
Gatekeepers 5
Meadow Browns 2 (rather tatty now)
Green-veined White 2

A few teneral Darters flushed and flew so never got a good look - Common or Black?

Common Frog 1
Common Toad 1

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Couldn't find my Sony lens cap but a 2nd Wall Brown photographed at the western end of the quarry, a female this time. Rubbishy iPhone photo attached.

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1 Wall Brown at the eastern end of the quarry (exactly where Andy said it would be)
A few faded Gatekeepers in the same area

1 large hoverfly - Sericomyia silentis

Cheers John

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John. They're back! Two Wall this morning (one at 8.15 !). One on wall of garden of 'new' house next to Larkhill, the other in the quarry area (at extreme eastern end, not in main quarry). Also singles of small heath, small skipper, and the two 'rarities' peacock and small tortoiseshell. Meadow browns and gatekeepers in fair numbers, and green-veined white all over the place.

Other notable thing was the first black darter of the year, as well as 5 common darters. All of this was without my close-focus bins as it was really supposed to be for birds. I should have known better. 



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1 Common Toad.

Very few butterflies about in blustery conditions.
(I have regularly checked the quarry area for Wall Browns but have seen zero there so far this year. Only a single Wall sighting for me this year with 1 at the Gird Lane lay-by on 31/05/17).

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31st July:
Gatekeeper 17
Meadow Brown 28
Speckled Wood 2
Green-veined White 11
Small Skipper 3
Red Admiral 2
Small Tortoiseshell 1

Weasel 1

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19/07/2017 Quarry area and adjacent fields.

Green-veined White 29
Meadown Brown 16
Gatekeeper 9
Ringlet 8
Small Tortoisshell 6
Small Skipper 4
Small Heath 2
Red Admiral 1

Common Hawker 1
Azure Damselfly lots
Common Emerald Damselfly 3

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Quite a lot about even though I wasn't really looking for it;

17 Red Admiral's
18 Meadow Brown
11 Ringlet
5 Large Skipper
Then Singletons of Speckled Wood, Small heath and Small Tortoiseshell

A more concerted look would have turned up more.

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Not bad up there this afternoon, although numbers seem depressingly small.

5 large skippers, 5 speckled wood, 1 each small heath, green-veined white, meadow brown. At the pond highlights were 4-spotted chaser and an emperor; a broad-bodied chaser female was also in the meadow opposite April Cottage. Also seen: 2 agapanthia long-horn beetles, 1 or 2 six spotted burnet moths, and a probable northern spinach. 



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First Small Heath of the year
Green-veined White 12
Red Admiral 1
But the highlight was a pristine 1st generation Wall Brown at the top of Gird Lane near the lay-by

Common Toad 3
Common Frog 4

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The Wall Browns seemed to be doing well in the quarry with at least 4 individuals but possibly more. Other than that;

21 Green Veined White
13 Gatekeeper
2 Small Tortoiseshell
7 Speckled Wood
11 Meadow Brown
1 Large White

1 Antler Moth in the quarry

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18 Green Veined White
11 Meadow Brown
19 Gatekeeper
3 Small Skipper
2 Speckled Wood
1 Red Admiral

1 Yellow shell moth

Wish it had been a bit less windy.

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Gatekeeper 17
Meadow Brown 22
Small Tortoiseshell 8
Green-veined White 21
Comma 1
Speckled Wood 2
Small Skipper 1
Small Heath 3

Emperor female ovipositing
Emerald Damselfy c10
Common Blue Damselfly c15
Black Darter 3
Brown Hawker 2
Common Darter 2

Common Frog 2

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Quite a good day for different butterfly species;

Lots of both Meadow Brown and Green Veined White
15 Gatekeeper
5 Small Skipper
1 Large Skipper
4 Small Tortoiseshell

Surprisingly I came across a few Comma while out as well, either 4 or 5 (even managed a photo).

Also saw a blue of some variety, must work on my ID'ing.

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Butterflies in medium average numbers, as follows:

52 Meadow Brown

22 Ringlet (first records away from Glossop Rd)

3 Small tortoiseshell

7 Small Skipper

4 Large Skipper

1 Common Blue

5 Small Heath

1 Green-viened White

1 Large White

3 Gatekeeper

a few whites went unidentified, but not many.



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3 ringlets, an emperor dragonfly and a stoat is a selection of the best non-birding stuff this afternoon.



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Local year firsts of large skippers (18) and meadow brown (3). Best were a rather faded Painted Lady on Gird Lane and a Common Blue which is a real scarcity up here (prob about my 4th in more than 25 years).



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Butterflies

21 Green Veined White
1 Wall Brown near Lakeside again
2 Small Copper in the same location
3 Orange Tip

Moths

6-7 Chimney Sweeper a little back towards Gird lane in the grassy fields.

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I think I saw the same Wall Brown as Mark, along the footpath opposite Smithy Lane Farm. Also a Small Copper here. Elsewhere Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Orange Tip.

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Similar butterfly species seen as Andy, only had one Wall Brown down Smithy Lane and Small Heath seen in the adjacent field. No Lizard for me though, must keep my eyes open.

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A very decent morning with 10 species of butterfly, a couple of macro moths, and first ever common lizard up here. Butterfly highlights were first small copper (2) and small heath of the year, and the best Spring showing of Wall Brown for longer than I can remember. Definitely 4, (2 x 2 seen at different spots), and perhaps up to 7. Moths included single Mother Shipton.

Over 20 large red damsels seen.

All praise to the sun.



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Green-Veined White's
Orange Tips
and the odd Small Tortoiseshell

1 Stoat running up the road from Cloughend.

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Late news for 2nd November:

Small Tortoiseshell still on the wing.

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Red Admiral 2

Small Copper 1

Speckled Wood 1

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1 Small Copper
1 Red Admiral
1 Small Tortoiseshell

No Walls today but the minimum number in the colony was 6

Cheers John

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Wall colony: A total of 2 males and 2 females now photographed plus the 5th near Hillside Farm.

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Went back today to assess Wall Brown numbers but unfortunately the weather was unpromisingly cloudy and windy.

Quarry area: I managed to photograph at least 3 Wall Browns with varying degrees of wing wear. Surely more to be found in better weather.

Therefore a minimum of 4 individuals if include yesterday's outlying sighting near Hillside Farm.

Also: Small Copper and Speckled Wood.

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1 Wall Brown was a surprise find on the bank opposite Hillside Farm. Andy's record from the quarry on 19th is about 300 metres away so this is probably a second individual, which might suggest a small colony of an insect now thinly scattered in the north west.

The unexplained decline of Wall Brown is illustrated by a quote from the Butterfly Conservation newsletter "Wall Brown was the 6th most widely recorded butterfly in 1985 [in Cheshire] but by 2014 had fallen to 25th position. Amazingly in 1985 it was recorded in more tetrads than Meadow Brown".

Other butterflies were singles of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood.

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Surprised to add to my 2015 butterfly list today with a Wall seen in the quarry area. Also red admiral , green-veined white, small white, speckled wood, 4 small totoiseshells and (almost an apparition) 3 peacocks together (Gird Lane). For the moths, one silver 'Y' and a large yellow-underwing. Two southern hawker males at pond. One rested on dry land, and I got so close (lying on my stomach) that my binoculars wouldn't focus down (and they do to 0.6 meters). Hopefully some good photos came of it. Singles of common blue and emerald damsels might be the last this year (sadly).

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5th Sep:

7 Gatekeepers. Fairly tatty now.
2 Small Tortoiseshells. Fresh and pristine.
2 Green-veined Whites

A pair of Common Hawkers, with male clasping female, repeatedly flew up to about 20 metres. Each time the female attempted to complete the coupling they tumbled spectacularly like a rapidly spinning pinwheel almost to the ground before gaining height again.

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2nd Sep: 1 Fox

4th Sep: 1 Toad, 1 Common Frog

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Green-veined White 36
Large White 1
Gatekeeper 11
Meadow Brown 14
Small Copper 1
Small Tortoiseshell 7
Small Heath 3
Small Skipper 3
Painted Lady 1
Speckled Wood 1

Common Hawker 11
Emerald Damselfly - many
Black Darter c20
Common Blue Damselfly c15

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Good for odonata today (a.m.)

Emperor dragonfly
Common Hawker (pond above quarry)
Black darter (one teneral)
Common Darter
Brown Hawker
Emerald damselfly (15+) all at pond above quarry.
Common blue damselfly

Small copper only butterfly not previously seen (since first brood)


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5 Small Tortoiseshell
6 Meadow Brown
2 Red Admiral
5 Gatekeeper
1 Stoat

No doubt only a fraction of what was there but my butterfly and moth ID'ing is only in its infancy.

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Other recent sightings within the SBI area:

Ringlet (29 Jul) and Small Skipper (1 Aug)

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Meadow Brown 21
Gatekeeper 2
White sp. 1

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Painted Lady 1
Large Skipper 2
Small Tortoiseshell 4
Small Heath 5
Meadow Brown 1

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