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Scarlet Elfcap still on the Birch and Willow litter, but in reduced quantity. Ditto the frog spawn.

A change in route produced a view of a sheltered spot with a good showing of Cowslips, otherwise the only flowers in bloom were Coltsfoot. Some interesting greenish-yellow leaves of a lily family species in one of the grassy areas looked promising.

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A good show of Scarlet Elf Cup in the stand of Birch below the east side of the Top Reservoir.

More surprisingly, around 30 Common Frogs croaking away in the small pond between the two reservoirs which got badly silted by the new drainage scheme. Only one pair mating but already quite a lot of spawn produced. Unfortunately mostly in the very shallow area, so chances of survival aren't that great I suspect.



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Very quiet today

3 Grey Squirrels coming to a ready supply of peanuts

1 Speckled Wood
1 Small White

1 new 'sprouting' of Birch Bolete in the mature patch of woodland - at least 15/16 individual fungi from screw head to half saucer sizes along the one trunk.

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Slightly better for butterflies today, with several Large and Small Whites, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Wall (a couple of pugnacious Large Whites and a Red Admiral around flower displays in Oldham town centre added to the total for trip)

A couple of Honey Bees and a species of Hoverfly were feeding on Ragwort in the top pastures, but the majority of Hymenoptera were feeding on the Himalayan Balsam on the Golden Steps, including a large Bumble Bee so covered in white pollen as to be unidentifiable to species. There were also a couple of swarms of St Mark's -type flies in the top pastures as well.

A Harlequin Ladybird, a couple of Grey Squirrels and two clumps of Velvet Shank on cut Cypress stumps at the R.S.P.C.A. shelter completed the list.

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The the last of the small ponds beside the main east-west path is now almost completely silted up, so no more froggy frolicking here. disbelief. Can't decide if it's ignorance or incompetence.

Elsewhere, the number of orchids seems down compared to other years, with Ragged Robin, Foxglove and willow-herbs doing better. The warm and wet weather has produced some fresh growth of commoner fungi such as Birch Bolete in new locations.

Only butterflies seen were a male Small Skipper and a couple of Ringlets.

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The frog fest produced a reasonable amount of spawn but unfortunately this is now all covered with mud as the pond has been incorporated into the drainage system and is silting up. There is an outflow but it is too high in the bank and too narrow to carry away the sediment. Hopefully the frogs on the margins of the top reservoir will have had more success.

Elsewhere

Brimstone 2
Orange-tip 1 male
Green-veined White 1 possibly 2

Fox popped in for a quick drink then settled down in the shade for a snooze - local wildfowl not too happy.

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Sunday 12th March 13.25

Frog fest in the small pond by the East-West bridle path with 33 single Common Frogs and at least two coupled pairs - although whether these were actually mating wasn't clear.

Some frogs were also calling from the SW corner of the top res as well.

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The advantages of leaving felled timber in situ already obvious from these nice clumps of Shaggy Scalycap Philotia squarrosa already developed on the felled Beech I mentioned last month. A few tiny parachute or similar mushrooms also growing in the same scar. Neither of these were present when the tree was standing.

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Grey squirrel 2

Speckled Wood at least 8 (all small late brood types) including 3 fighting over one short stretch of a long bramble patch.
Large White 1 -the only other butterfly to be seen

Brown Hawker 2 different sized individuals around the top reservoir - the larger one probably the same individual seen working the edges of the birch groves along the east side of the lower reservoir.

Several large trees have been felled since last month but at least the trunk and main branch sections seem to have been left to enrich the habitat this time.

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Apart from 2 Grey Squirrels the only identifiable wildlife were 5 species of butterfly.

Speckled Wood 1
Gatekeeper 2
Meadow Brown 2
Ringlet 1
Small White 8(minimum)

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Not the best conditions for insects to be on the wing this afternoon but Ringlet's into double figures overall around the site. No other butterflies to be seen confuse
At the small pond beside the East-West bridal path circa 6 Small Red Damselflies including a pair in tandem.

Plenty of Common Spotted Orchid, although numbers are much lower than when this species first appeared here.

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Despite the water in the small pond being heavily muddied again at least 6 tadpoles were active. They seemed a reddish-brown colour. Maybe due to all the silt?

Grey Squirrel trying to camouflage itself as a branch in the fork of a tree (and failing biggrin)

Orange Tip 4
Large White 2
Comma 1

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24 Common Frogs making good use of the small pond next to the west-to-east path across the valley. The waters here have been heavily muddied for the last couple of years in late Spring; hopefully things will be better this year. Quite a few of the mature trees seem to have come down recently either from the weather or for safety reasons. Good to see the timber piled up rather than wood chipped. Hopefully lots of fungi to be found later in the year.

Grey Squirrel and Buff-tailed Bumblebee also seen.

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Cheers Dave, could be. I didn't think of Waxcap when I was looking at the shape of the cap but they could well be quite old and flattened out.

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At a punt perhaps Meadow Waxcap?

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Despite the colder winds recently I found 2 new species of fungus for the site today as well as some recent growths of Candlesnuff. There were 4 clumps of Golden Spindles in the horse pasture to the west of the brook and at least 7 or 8 specimens of what looked like Garland Roundhead in the same pasture but on the other side of the new(ish) fenced path. Not sure on this I.d. as I could only take photos from beyond the fence. Any suggestions for a late-fruiting Orange Grisette type species favouring acidic upland horse pastures? One specimen had an intact rim to the cap but with the edges turned up to form a square.

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Sunday 11th Oct. Speckled Wood 4 minimum) White-tailed Bumblebee 1 several 'white' bees harvesting from the Himalayan Balsam Common Bonnet- new clump on the top res dam wall. Conifer Mazegill - a good display on one of the stumps in the mature copse to the east of the reservoirs. My first record of it here

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Brown Hawker 1 hunting path between reservoirs
Common Hawker 1 hunting over Top Res.

1 each of:
Peacock
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood
Large White

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Bottom Res:
Brown Hawker 1

Top Res:
Common Hawker -pair in tandem
then while the hirundines appeared in numbers there was also a sudden appearance of
Common Blue Damselfly C15

No ordonata at the small pond by the bridleway between the reservoirs but good numbers of Pond Skaters and Water Boatmen, as well as plenty of tiny white flies only visible with binoculars and a slightly larger pale-winged insect patrolling over the water. The wings were reminiscent of a Mayfly but the flight was more direct and dragonfly-like.

Surprisingly few butterflies:
Ringlet 1
Meadow Brown 3
Large White 5

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Southern Marsh Orchids well dispersed over the site but not as prolific as in earlier years. Plenty of Rosebay and Broad-leaved Willow herbs, Foxglove, Meadow Cranesbill, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Slender and Spear Thistles and a single specimen of Musk Mallow.

Ringlet at least 20, probably many more as those were only the ones seen to rise form the edges of the paths on a cool and breezy day
Meadow Brown similar numbers, again, just those active on the fringes of the long grasses
Speckled Wood 4/5 along the edge of the upper feeder channel
Large White 1
Brimstone 1

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Lots of Speckled Wood
Large White 3/4
Peacock 1

Common Hawker 1
Brown Hawker 1

Autumn Crocus - large clump near the small pond between the reservoirs. Never seen any here before - maybe introduced?

Shaggy Inkcap - clump on Holgate Street- 1st time I've recorded it for this site

The Deceiver - a few specimens on leaf litter under the Rhododendrons

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Lower numbers of butterflies but the highest number of species this year

Meadow Brown 2
Ringlet 1 (very tatty)
Large White c25
Small Copper 3
Small Tortoiseshell 1/2
Gatekeeper 4
Red Admiral 2
Peacock 2
Large Skipper1
Speckled Wood 4/5

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Common Blue Damselfly 1
Brown Hawker 1/2
Southern Hawker

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Plenty of Ringlets here, as well as a few Meadow Brown's, several Large Skippers and 3 Speckled Woods. Only 1 White butterflies of any type, but both too far away to be identified to species. Several blue damselflies over the top reservoir, presumably Common, like the two near the small path-side puddle. Meadow-sweet, Common Spotted Orchid, Ragged robin, Meadow Cranesbill, Water Forget-me-not, Monkey Flower etc.

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The level in the small pond has dropped a bit - no sign of any frogs, spawn or tadpoles(last year's over-winterers) cry

Coltsfoot, Cowslip, Dandelion, Marsh Marigold, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage & Pink Purslane all in flower.

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At least 8 Common Frogs in the small pond between the two reservoirs, with some spawn already deposited.

Coral Spot emerging and still a good spread of Scarlet Elfcap in the birch wood to the west of the top dam.
Winter Polypore and Yellow Brain also added to my Fungus list for the site

A Grey Squirrel seems to have taken over the new owl box in the mature woodfurious

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Sunday October 13th

Latest additions to the Fungus list:
Rooting Shank
Sheathed Woodtuft
Yellow Shield.

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Lots of Speckled Wood and a single Small White.

Common Bonnet &
Birch Milkcap
were new finds for the site, plus a couple of good clumps of Velvet Toughshank

Best find of the day was a scattering of Autumn Crocus around one of small ponds. First I've seen here.

Nice to chat to the Friends of Strinesdale people.

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A lot of the plants seem to have gone over fairly quickly this Summer, but among the almost ubiquitous Himalayan Balsalm blehevileye a good selection of Willowherbs (Rosebay, Great and Broad-leaved), together with Yellow Loostrife and Ribbed Melilot provided some variety

A few Small Heaths and Meadow Browns, several Speckled Woods and Peacocks and good numbers of Large Whites, including a couple which didn't seem to know if they were mating or fightingconfuse

Looks like a good crop of Rowan berries this year, although there would be more if some of the trees along the side of the overflow channel from the Top reservoir to Golden Steps hadn't been cut downdisbelief. With luck, Chainsaw Charlie's next port of call will be at the viewpoint, which doesn't have a view at the moment! At least the resulting scramble through the Birches on the old dam wall to confirm breeding on the Top Res. produced some new records of Brown Birch Bolete.

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In addition to last month's plants:

Foxglove

Common Cleavers

Ragwort

Herb Bennet

Broad-leaved Willowherb

Garden Iris

Common Spotted Orchid

Monkey Flower

Meadow Vetchling

Black Medick

Dog Rose

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1 large mass of Bramble in flower attracting a couple of species of Bumblebee (Buff- and White-tailed) as well as several species of hoverfly, including at least 1 wasp mimic.


New site for Blushing Bracket


Ringlet (c 10), Speckled Wood (2), Meadow Brown (2) Large Skipper (1) and a small white butterfly, to distant to i.d. but about the size of a female Orange Tip. Also 3 SilverGround Carpets and at least 2 species of grass moth.


The little pathside pond between the reservoirs looks to be too muddy to have produced any frogs this year but plenty of Pond Skaters and other insect life to attract 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Common Blue and 2 Small Red Damselflies (the latter in tandem) - unlike the dipping pond, where a large number of small flies had only 1 Small Red Damselfly to pursue them. Maybe the Moorhen family here have had an effect! Other invertebrates included 1 Mayfly-type heading upstream towards Bishop's Park and lots of Cuckoo Spit.


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Among an abundance of Buttercups, Daisies, Vetches and Red Campion smaller drifts and singletons of:
Ragged Robin
Southern Marsh Orchid
Yellow Flag
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Meadow Cranesbill
Welsh Poppy
Water Forget-me not
Silverweed
Meadow Thistle

NO Butterflies, but plenty of other winged invertebrates including
Drone Flies
and two newly emerged Damselflies

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White-tailed Bumblebee

Orange Tip and Small White Butterfly males having a punch-up

Cowslip
Coltsfoot
Cuckoo Flower
Marsh Marigold
Pink Purslane
Greater Stitchwort

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A few signs of Spring

Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Frogspawn -reasonable amount in the usual pond

Common Daisy
Daffodil (feralbiggrin)
Dandelion
Coltsfoot
Golden Saxifage (Opposite-leaved)

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Grey Squirrel 6 (including one with a twisted tail)

Jelly Ear
Peeling Oysterling
Elder Whitewash
Stagshorn
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust
Split Porecrust
Smoky Bracket (lots of it)
Birch Bolete
Tripe Fungus
Waxy Crust

Bramble, Ragwort and Bush Vetch still in flower

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Several Fungi, some still to be identified.

As well as the 'usual suspects':
Birch Polypore (a new site)
Candlesnuff
possible Smokey Bracket

I noticed that one of the as yet unidentifed brackets was leaking a golden fluid (I assume rain coloured by chemicals within either the fungus or the dead stump) It may or may not help with the i.d. but it looked interesting and was an attractive effect

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Butterflies:
Speckled Wood 7/8 at least
Large White 5
Comma 2/3
Meadow Brown 3
Gatekeeper 4
Small Tortoiseshell 1

Common/Migrant Hawker - only glimpsed fairly briefly

snouted Pyralid-type moth

Blushing Bracket - new growth in woods around the nature reserve.

Most flowers except Ragwort gone over, but some good splashes of colour from the last Meadow Cranesbills.

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Common Frog

Plenty of both Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids around the site today

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Since last month's visit:
Black Medick
Marsh Hawksbeard
Monkey Flower
Ox-Eye Daisy
Dog Rose
Common Sorrel
Welsh Poppy
Ragged Robin
Meadow Cranesbill
Birdsfoot Trefiol
Tufted Vetch
Foxglove
Buttercup
Red Clover - these last two in great drifts

Pond Skater

Phyllobius Pomaceus - green weevil on nettles
Gastrophysa Viridula - pregnant female

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It seems that one of the local schools (Hodge Clough Infants, I think) is using the area for their Forest School classroom. Good to see they're getting them interested at an early age.
Shame some of the other people who use the area don't have as much respect for it. (The black bags on bushes brigade)

A good variety of things for them to see (and find) today:
Herb Robert
Southern Marsh Orchid
Crab Apple
Good Friday Grass
Common Frog (and some large tadpoles in the small pond)
Grey Squirrel (several)
Orange Tip
Speckled Wood
Green-veined White
Water Carpet

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Roe Deer: 3
Grey Squirrel: 1
Tadpoles: quite a few in one of the path side ponds.

Apart from Dandelion and Daisy also in flower:
Pink Purslane
Marsh Marigold
Cowslip
Primrose
Blackthorn
Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage
Meadow Buttercup
Wild Cherry( not quite sure on this one, could have been Crab Apple, but that's a bit early. The pink-tinged flowers were showing in thicket of Bramble and Wild Roses, so I didn't get a good look at the shrub)

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Too many galumphing hounds to have any chance of any mammals

Elder Whitewash
Good spead of Coltsfoot in flower in the scrubby area by the Top Reservoir.

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3 Grey Squirrels foraging together

3 Roe Deer - buck & 2 does

Large area of one of the mature broadleaved trees covered with a crust. Couldn't get near enough to test it for 'bleeding'

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1 Roe Deer feeding in the Wildlife Area

Around the site:
Velvet Shank
Exidia recisa
Lumpy Bracket
Cylindrobasilium laeve
Birch Polypore
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust
Coral Spot
Purplepore Bracket
Elder Whitewash
Turkeytail

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3 Roe Deer hinds in the Wildlife Area and a Fox making it's way along the east side of the Top Res. this afternoon.

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Fairly quiet today

Grey Squirrel 2
Molehills 6 fresh ones in one of the wooded areas

Single flowering specimens of
Dandelion
Meadow Buttercup
Gorse
Black Medic
Pink Purslane
plus
several clumps of Ragwort
& second crop of hips on a couple of the Rose bushes

Very few fungi. The interesting ones from last month have disappeared and the beautifully lichen- and moss-clad Elder with the Jelly Ear and one clump of Lumpy Bracket has been felled in the latest round of chainsaw 'tidying-up'. Someone seems to have gone along the track from Waterworks Road randomly cutting back and cutting down branches and trees along the verges, but the Willows & Birches blocking the view from the viewpoint are still intact

additional to last month's remaining fungi:
Conifercone Cap
probable Alder Bracket
possible Ivory Woodwax

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10.15 - 13.15

Grey Squirrel

The following still in flower (often only single plants)
Ragwort
Red Clover
Herb Robert
Red Bartsia
Meadow Buttercup
Ragged robin
Meadow Cranesbill
Gorse
Black Medic
Pink Purslane
Tormentil

Fungi
Jelly Ear
Lumpy Bracket
Peeling Oysterling
Tar Spot
Stump Puffball
Cylindrobasilium laevae sp.
Turkeytail (lots)
Purplepore Bracket
Coral Spot
Stagshorn
Birch Polypore
Beech Tarspot
A Crust that I thought was Bleeding Broadleaf - until it didn't bleed
and a couple of others that I've stil to identify.
Forgot the lichenised fungus Cladonia pyxidata growing in the cracks on the tops of the walls

But the highlight was a Stoat. Seen briefly crossing from the bridge at the top of the Golden Steps into the small wood on the East side. Then, while I was leaning over a fence peering at yet another Bracket, it walked past about two yards away, carrying a large Frog in its' mouth. It has to be the best view I've ever had of one. It gave me a glance in passing but carried on at its' own pace.

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