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On Newchurch Common this morning for a patch walk and at the boundary of Shemmy Moss and the Whitegate Way I had my latest ever Common Darter Dragonfly, a pretty drab individual. Amazing to think that I scraped ice off my car before setting out to go there, but the sun certainly was warm in the end smile



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Out near home on a sunny autumn day.

On the R.waever by New Bridge S.of Moulton, Cheshire, 2 fisheren were unhooking a pike which was between 3 and 4 feet in length, it was a monster, it's mouth looked like a cavern !!

Down the road at Newchurch Common I had 2 butterfly species, one predicatbly a Red Admiral. The other was a late Speckled Wood, which I thought should have gone over, but checking UK Butterflies a few folk have had them still late October.



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Neumanns Flash 10.00-13.30

Just 1 dragonfly seen, a male Common Darter, and no butterflies recorded at all.

The main feature though was the sheer number of Harlequin Ladybirds around, especially on Dairyhouse Meadows.

At least 6 were clinging to my clothing at any point throughout. They were flying at eye level, so they often hit you in the face.

Everyone I met here was troubled by the ladybirds, the Harlequins appeared more numerous than a hatch of winged ants.

4 much smaller native 7-Spot ladybirds were also seen.



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Redsmere Cheshire 11.00-14.30

2 Red Admiral butterflies. 1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly.

A pair of coupled Common Darter dragonflies were by a pool at nearby Capesthorne Hall.

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A quick afternoon walk around Newchurch Common produced a Bank Vole on Shemmy Moss and 6 Smooth Newts under logs. Quite a few fungi too with lots of Shaggy Inkcaps and a huge patch of Common Earthballs.

Yesterday at Foxwist Green there were 6 Red Admiral butterflies on Ivy plus one Speckled Wood. Also, sadly, a dead large female Grass Snake, squashed by a car on the road.



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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach

6 Red Admiral butterflies still around the hawthorne hedge at the back of the flash.

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Rixton Clay Pits NR

A couple of Red Admirals were the only butterflies seen.

Dragonflies though are still around in reasonable numbers with 2 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers, 8 Common Darters and 3(m) Black Darters.

An "Inanis" hover fly rested on a sowthistle flower.

Prospect Lane, Holly Bush Lane and Woodend Lane (Circular walk)

A big oak on Prospect Lane was full of Red Admiral butterflies, I gave up trying to count them.

They seem to be attracted by Ivy flowers, but many were also just sun bathing from the trees leaves. 2 Comma and 1 Peacock butterflies were also there.

1 Small Copper butterfly was by Woodend Lane. 2 Brown and 1 Southern Hawker dragonflies were also seen there.

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Neumanns Flash & Marbury Country Park 10.30-14.30

The only dragonflies seen throughout were 4 Common Darters.

2 Red Admirals by the Haydn Pool were the only butterflies recorded.



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A morning walk round Newchurch Common, Cheshire yesterday, Sunday 24th September, produced a mammal new for the patch for me. This was a Field Vole (otherwise known as Short-tailed Vole, Microtus agrestis). This was seen at the border on the mosslands near the Whitegate Way and no doubt is plentiful but rarely seen. The only other wildlife of note, not of an avian variety, was a single Green-veined White butterfly over a sphagnum bog area by the Whitegate Way.



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Neumanns Flash ( 11.30-14.30)

Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral and 6 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies : 2 Southern Hawkers, 1 Migrant Hawker and 2 Common Darters.

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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach. (Around noon)

8 Red Admiral butterflies were along the lane down the side of the flash, where a single Southern Hawker dragonfly was also seen.

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Burton Wetland RSPB

Dragonflies :Until the rain started Common Darters were abundant along the path near the reception.

Migrant Hawkers were numerous too, mainly on the former IMF side of the reserve. 2 Southern Hawkers were also seen.

The only butterflies seen were 2 Commas and a single Large White.

2 large ichneumon wasps (Pimpla Instigator) were seen near the former IMF hide. A single "Arbustorium" hover fly was also seen near there.

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Woolston No 3 Bed 11.30-14.00

Migrant Hawker dragonflies were still plentiful when the sun came out. 1 Southern Hawker was seen near the weir on No 2 bed.

2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies were noted, as was 1 Dark Arches moth.

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Pembrokeshire, Wales 9th - 14th September:

Following Butterflies - Red Admiral x lots, Comma, Speckled Wood x lots, Green-Veined White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell.

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Woolston Eyes No3 Bed 11.00-14.00

Butterflies : 10 Red Admirals (8 of which were on the few remaining flowers on a Buddleia bush), 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood,

1 Green Veined White and 2 Small Whites.

Dragonflies : 3 Brown Hawkers, 3 Southern Hawkers and numerous Migrant Hawkers (Migrant Hawkers most numerous near the footbridge on No 3 bed).

2 Common Darters were also seen.

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Rixton Clay Pits 10.30-12.00

Butterflies : 4 Red Admirals, 3 Comma, 3 Speckled Woods, 1 Green Veined White and 2 Large White.

Dragonflies : 1 Brown Hawker, 4 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Common Darters and 1m Black Darter.

Also 1 Common Frog.

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Woolston Eyes No3 Bed 11.00-13.00

4 Migrant Hawker dragonflies above the old river and 1 Southern Hawker near the meadow.

The only butterfly seen was a single Comma seen near the footbridge.


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Tatton Park (Alongside Tatton and Melchett Meres)

6 Migrant Hawker and 1 Southern Hawker dragonflies. 1 Red Admiral and 1 Peacock butterflies.

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Thanks for the info Paul. I saw another one yesterday, this time in Dunham Hall Gardens! As far as i can recall in the '80's in Cheshire, they were pretty much unheard of!

I don't think hornets have reached where i live now, in Conwy.

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Myself & Paul Hill see them regularly around Cheshire, several times a year. I had a nest last year at Newchurch Common but none this year. I see them just about every time I go to the R.Dee area looking for dragonflies too, in fact I've never failed there!! They are still a great insect to see and it is great that they are getting commoner smile

I suppose one of the things with Paul & I is that we go out on dedicated invert walks and seek stuff like that out, it's probably a less frequently encountered species if it isn't looked for.



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Lune Estuary, Glasson, Lancs

4 Migrant Hawker dragonflies patrolled the seawall this afternoon.

Also here were 4 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

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Myself & Paul Hill see them regularly around Cheshire, several times a year. I had a nest last year at Newchurch Common but none this year. I see them just about every time I go to the R.Dee area looking for dragonflies too, in fact I've never failed there!! They are still a great insect to see and it is great that they are getting commoner smile

I suppose one of the things with Paul & I is that we go out on dedicated invert walks and seek stuff like that out, it's probably a less frequently encountered species if it isn't looked for.



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One hornet was watched chomping on an apple in the gardens of Arley Hall today, Tue 29th.

A Cheshire first for me - anyone know how common they are?



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Neumanns Flash 15.00-19.00

1m Black Tailed Skimmer and 1m Migrant Hawker dragonflies were seen by Pods Hide.

Common Darters were seen in low numbers throughout.

The only butterflies seen were Speckled Woods, and they were in profusion.

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Brockholes NR Preston. 11.00-14,00

Plenty of Speckled Wood butterflies, although no other butterfly species were seen.

Common Darter dragonflies and Common Blue damselflies abound around the pools.

2 Southern Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker and 2 Brown Hawker dragonflies also seen.




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We reverted to yesterday's plan & stayed local today. Started at Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & some good sightings including Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Brimstone butterfly, Dock Shieldbugs & lots of Dark Bush Crickets. Then we went to Westhay Moor NR where we saw a Mink, Ruddy Darter & Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies and a Comma Butterfly amongst lots of other non- bird sightings. The day ended with a Fox in our headlamps at the B&B, and that's the last full day of our holiday done!

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We reverted to yesterday's plan & stayed local today. Started at Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & some good sightings including Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Brimstone butterfly & lots of Dark Bush Crickets. Then we went to Westhay Moor NR where we saw a Mink, Ruddy Darter & Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies and a Comma Butterfly amongst lots of other non- bird sightings. The day ended with a Fox in our headlamps at the B&B, and that's the last full day of our holiday done!

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Late decision to head down the 70 miles or so to Arne RSPB today. Lovely sunshine & very hot. Highlight was 4 Wasp Spiders and several Raft Spiders. One of the latter was eating a Common Darter and then decapitated it & sucked it's brains out!!! A Four- spotted Orb Weaver & lots of Cross Orb Weaver Spiders were seen too. Emperor dragonflies & Black Darters were on the Heath as well as a Small Red Damselfly. A Sika Deer Stag & a Common Seal were also seen. A few Common Lizards were asking in the sun too.

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Stayed in Somerset today on our West Country trip. In the morning not much of note except for a Bank Vole, Common Darters & Migrant Hawker, all at Greylake RSPB. Spent the afternoon at Ham Wall RSPB and apart from the same dragonflies as last time the highlights were all spiders, which were everywhere! Best one was a stunning bright yellow male Four-spotted Orb Weaver, lots of Tetragnatha sp, wolf spiders, Nursery Web spiders & one sp yet to be identified! Three Perez Frogs and a Common Toad seen too.

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Arnside Knott - Two Scotch Argus noted. Not a good day for butterflies with heavy rain showers in the morning followed by stiff breezes later. Not sure if they have been a bit early this year, so could be the last ones now until next year.

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A day in Devon on our holiday today. Aylesbeare Common in the morning produced lots of Grayling butterflies and young Common Lizards. In the afternoon at Seaton Wetlands the only non-bird sighting was a Slow Worm.

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Over today into Dorset & Hants on our West Country hol, following the sun again. Most of the day was spent at Martin Down NR, a fabulous chalk down land reserve. Highlights here were lots of stunning Adonis Blue butterflies & one Silver-washed Fritillary. Also seen Common Blue, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Heath. Also Brown Bush Cricket & Common Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies. A Bloody-nosed Beetle was seen and a herd of Fallow Deer. We also had lots of Slow Worms and a few Common Lizards here.

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After a walk along the beach at Crosby this afternoon, with our son and grandson to see Antony Gormley's Iron Men we went over to Formby pine woods to look for the Red Squirrels. We weren't disappointed as there appears to be a healthy population there these days. Lovely little creatures.

 



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Today we decided to head to Portland, Dorset due to a sunny weather forecast there. It was mainly to be a butterfly trip, but never ended that way! First call for insects etc was Cheyne Weares Quarry where we saw over 10 Wall Lizards. We also had a Clouded Yellow butterfly, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth & a Painted Lady. Also here was the hornet-mimic hoverfly Volucella zonaria. Then up the road to Broadcroft Quarry butterfly reserve. Here we added Slow Worm & Common Lizard. Finally to Tout Quarry butterfly reserve. Here we saw a few Wall Browns, 3 Painted Ladies, Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown & Holly Blue. We Also had another Hummingbird Hawkmoth which actually settled & we got photos. Then Mega bird news broke (see other post) and insects were forgotten!

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Somerset, Shapwick Heath NR, our first half day of our holiday & a stunning start!! First an Otter crossed the track only 30m in front of us and then half an hour later we found a Harvest Mouse on the top of a grass seed head by the track! We could go a whole year without seeing either & we get both on the first afternoon of our holiday! Also seen: Odonata: Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly. Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood. Great Green Bush Cricket. Perez Frog (an introduced Iberian species of marsh frog).

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Neumanns Flash

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Still 2 Black Tailed Skimmers showing near Pods Hide. 1 Ruddy Darter also here.

Brown Hawkers and Common Darters numerous both at Neumanns and around the Haydn Pool.

Another Ruddy Darter seen near the Haydn Pool.

Just 2 Gatekeeper butterflies seen, Meadow Browns though are still plentiful.

3 Speckled Wood and 2 Red Admiral butterflies also seen.

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At last my first Grass Snake sighting on my Newchurch Common local patch for 2017! After having seen them on 20 or so visits last year I was almost giving up this year, but thank goodness I went out today. One smallish one, either a male or young female, was on Shemmy Moss, but I retreated quickly and left it undisturbed, I don't think it even knew I had been there, which may bode well for a repeat sighting in the same location. What with the recent news that there are now two recognised species of Natrix in the UK, Natrix natrix (what we have always known as 'our' Common Grass Snake) and Natrix helvetica (Barred Grass Snake) I would like to check this one properly, but for now I will let it rest undisturbed! I have checked all previous photos from this site of snakes I have seen and all have been Common Grass Snakes.

A usual mix of other species:

Butterfly: Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White.

Odonata: Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly.



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No chance to get out wild-lifing this weekend but managed a walk with the horse today near the yard at Foxwist Green, Cheshire. Lots of butterflies about on the short walk including a Holly Blue stiill along with numbers of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Red Admirals, Green-veined Whites and Large Whites. A Southern Hawker Dragonfly was also seen.



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Lymm Area

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Walked from Lymmhay Lane to Manchester Ship Canal along Sow Brook.

The path was lined with balsam throughout, which limited the wildlife to be seen, apart from an abundance of Honey Bees.

However, 3 Migrant Hawker dragonflies patrolled the brook. If the invasive balsam was not enough, another alien appeared near the canal, a large American Mink.

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Neumanns Flash & Haydn Pool

3 Brown Hawkers were the only dragonflies seen.

Speckled Wood butterflies in profusion. Meadow Brown butterflies still abundant, though most are looking very shabby.

1 Peacock butterfly was seen, whilst Gatekeeper sightings had dropped to just 2.

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Isles of Scilly Cetaceans 7-10 August 2017

Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Blue Shark (five caught, tagged and released), Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sun Fish.

Butterflies

Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common Blue & Holly Blue.

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Another morning walk at Newchurch Common, mainly sunny & quite warm, but at the moment it somehow feels Autumnal rather than the third Summer month!

A nice sighting was a Common Shrew by Shemmy Moss.

Butterflies recorded were: Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large White and Green-veined White.

Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer (worn female), Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly and Red-eyed Damselfly.

A totally different route today hence the different mix of species and why some obvious ones (especially butterflies) are missing compared to yesterdays list. A more representative list of species present at the moment would be given by adding the tow days together smile



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A morning walk at Newchurch Common, Cheshire, eventually produced a few insects as the sun came out.

Butterflies: Holly Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White.

Damselflies: Common Blue and Blue-tailed.



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A few dragons around at the London Wetland Centre:

c20 red-eyed damselfly
c5 common darter
1 black-tailed skimmer
3 brown hawker
1+ emperor (not suffering the browns at all)

A few butterflies around, mainly large whites (plenty of whites; presumably other species present too) and red admirals, with a comma the only other species noted.

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Neumanns Flash

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies still numerous, also 2 Green Veined Whites 3 Speckled Woods, and a couple of Red Admirals.

Only dragonfly seen apart from a couple of large blue coloured hawkers that shot past (Could of been an Emperor or Southern Hawker?), was a single Brown Hawker.

The only damselfly seen was a single Common Blue on Dairyhouse Meadows, perhaps the strong Westerly kept them in hiding.

The path from the Haydn Pool towards the canal bridge and Marbury CP nearly always delivers good butterfly sightings.

Today was no exception with 6 Holly Blues seen, mainly around clumps of ivy, plus 2 Red Admirals.

Despite scanning every oak though, there was no sign of any Purple Hairstreaks. A single ichneumon, "Amblyteles Armatorius" showed well as it ambled across a flower head.

Along the edge of Big Wood in Marbury CP, there appears to be a fair amount of young Wych Elm trees, are White Letter Hairstreak butterflies ever found here?.



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I thought I remembered a record from you on here, but couldn't find it when I looked back. They may be relatively common now, but still not recorded on this site much which is my main source of insect records for the area. Please keep us in touch with any more you come across.

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Have a word with Paul Hill too, he see's them regularly in Cheshire too and came a few times to photo the ones at Newchurch



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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...


Hahahaha, no predator is docile with its prey!!!!!! They are docile with humnas as opposed to smaller wasps that can sting without much provocation! I wouldn't bird in a hide with a Vespa vulgaris nest in it biggrin


Doc,

I thought I remembered a record from you on here, but couldn't find it when I looked back. They may be relatively common now, but still not recorded on this site much which is my main source of insect records for the area. Please keep us in touch with any more you come across.

Cheers,

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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...


Hahahaha, no predator is docile with its prey!!!!!! They are docile with humnas as opposed to smaller wasps that can sting without much provocation! I wouldn't bird in a hide with a Vespa vulgaris nest in it biggrin



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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...

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I love them too Andy, one of the most docile 'wasps' we get, lovely creatures, I have birded in a hide with a hornets nest inside it & no problems for anyone! They are relatively common in Cheshire now (I had a nest at Newchurch last year (see back in this thread) and regularly see them at Aldford (inc earlier this year), so there must be a GM record, although, like you, I don't recall seeing one reported recently. I see on NBN Gateway a record for Dunham Massey Park in 2008.



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