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RE: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


River Glaze near Little Woolden Moss - a new sighting today which very much resembles a cooked egg - an  'Egg-Yolk Fieldcap' or 'Yellow Fieldcap'.  



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Little Woolden Moss NR this afternoon

Some nice fungi about. Ones I could identify are:

Fly Agaric
Ochre Brittlegill
Common Stinkhorn - a bit past its best
Sulphur Tuft
Turkey Tail
Deceiver



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Irlam and Chat Mosses this morning

Butterflies:
1 Small Copper
1 Green-viewed White

Dragonflies:
Black Darter
Common Darter
Southern Hawker

Plants:
Shaggy Soldier

Fungi (that I hope Ive identified properly!):
Brown Birch Bolete
Deceiver
Stubble Rosegill
Common Fieldcap
Birch Bracket
Lactarius rufus







-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Sunday 2nd of October 2022 07:56:02 PM


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Chat Moss - late am

1 late and very faded Small Copper
3 Green-veined Whites
1 Red Admiral

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Little Woolden Moss NR (Morning visit)

Throughout my stay, along the footpath that borders most of the reserve I had an escort of Black and Common Darter dragonflies.

Also a Southern Hawker zoomed up and down the path at one point.

One large hawker though clearly broke the rules, Emperors according to information online are not recorded locally beyond early

September, but with an all green slightly swollen looking thorax, and blue abdomen, today's example could only be a male Emperor.

He patrolled a smallish but deep looking pool near the site of the former hide, that looked like it had been created recently with a JCB.

Quite frequently he paused to hover, but not long enough for me to get a photo, and he did not land and settle even for a second.

Just 2 butterflies were seen today, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma.

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Field 62 around midday today had in excess of 150 Large White Butterflies flitting low over the rapeseed crop that has now gone to seed. Quite a spectacle.

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Little Woolden Moss NR - this evening

1 Common Toad on the path

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Little Woolden Moss N.R. & Moss Lane this afternoon - quite blustery so insects few & far between

Butterflies - Small Blue, Small Copper & Painted Lady

Dragonflies - Black Darter & M & F Common Darter



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Irlam Moss - afternoon

2 Purple Hairstreaks found in a new location. No doubt more still to be discovered.

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Little Woolden Moss NR - evening

A Field Vole ran across the path in front of me

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Irlam & Barton Mosses this evening

At least 12 Purple Hairstreaks - easily my highest count here.

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Little Woolden Moss yesterday evening

2-3 Noctule Bats
A few Pipistrelle Bats

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Irlam Moss - late am

2 Purple Hairstreaks

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Little Woolden Moss NR - late am

Moths:
1 Drinker Moth
Plenty of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars

Butterflies:
8 Painted Lady
4 Comma
1 Green-veined White

Odonata:
2 Southern Hawker
1 Large Red Damselfly
Quite a few Black Darters




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7th July 2022

Lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort in Little Woolden Moss NR

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Chat Moss - am

2 Black-tailed Skimmer - m & f
A few Black Darter

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Little Woolden Moss NR

8 Large Skipper
9 Painted Lady

1 Banded Demoiselle
1 Azure Damselfly
2 Southern Hawker

1 Northern Marsh Orchid

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Drinker Moth caterpillar on Little Woolden Moss NR recently

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Irlam and Chat Mosses

1 Banded Demoiselle - male
2 Broad-bodied Chaser

6 Northern Marsh Orchids
Round-leaved Sundew
Orange Hawkweed (Fox and cubs)

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Two Common Lizards on Little Woolden Moss LWT this morning.



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Irlam and Chat Mosses - am

Butterflies:
1 Small Copper
5 Orange Tip


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Two Bee flies seen this morning around Little Woolden moss.

Also seen around the mosslands, 

2 Stoats

Brown rat

Bank vole.

 



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Further large red damselfly sightings. Also 1 x emperor moth, 1 x common lizard, plenty of green tiger beetles



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Little Woolden Moss NR - am

Butterflies seen:
1 Brimstone
3 Orange Tip

Also:
2 Red Damselflies - newly emerged

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Barton Moss - very windy

Sad sight of a nest and colony of Honey Bees that was using an old bird nest box found on the ground after being blown out of its tree by Storm Franklin. Most bees were dead but a small number were still alive and gathered in a huddle to keep warm.

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Hi Les.

It's a shame all the photos and specimen plates tend to show 'perfect' examples. There are a lot of very odd fungi around (and I don't mean Devil's Fingers, Red cage et al). Ironically the only illustration for Chicken of the Woods in Phillips shows an early stage when it looks like bright yellow cavity filler!

Lumpy Chicken it is then lol.

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Mike Chorley wrote:

Hi Les.

Could be. Phillips describes it as having an "uneven, lumpy and wrinkled, suede-like" upper surface, "lemon-yellow or yellow-orange, drying pallid or straw-coloured, the lower surface more yellow". Also known as Sulphur Polypore. Looks quite an old specimen from what can be seen of upper surface. The other possibility would be Lumpy Bracket, which often has greenish algae growing among the hairs on the upper surface of older specimens. Chicken favours Oak, Lumpy Beech but both occur on a variety of other deciduous trees, including Willow


 Hi Mike, yes it did look like it had been there for quite a while & 'Lumpy Bracket' does appear to be a much better match for

shape & colour apart from the underside which on this is lumpy but smooth compared to a stippled underside texture on the

'Lumpy Bracket' - looks like it could be another one of those anomalies!



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Hi Les.

Could be. Phillips describes it as having an "uneven, lumpy and wrinkled, suede-like" upper surface, "lemon-yellow or yellow-orange, drying pallid or straw-coloured, the lower surface more yellow". Also known as Sulphur Polypore. Looks quite an old specimen from what can be seen of upper surface. The other possibility would be Lumpy Bracket, which often has greenish algae growing among the hairs on the upper surface of older specimens. Chicken favours Oak, Lumpy Beech but both occur on a variety of other deciduous trees, including Willow



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Large bracket fungus seen on a tree stump off Moss Lane today which I believe could be a 'Sulphur Shelf (Chicken of The Woods)'



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Saturday 20th November - Fungi sightings Rindle Wood - Astley Moss.

Bird sightings were few & far between so decided to walk through Rindle Wood & look for fungi.

As usual had great difficulty with I.D. but these are my best shots in picture order.

1. Clouded Agaric

2. Common Earthball

3. Grey Milkcap

4. Tawny Funnel Cap

5. Smoky Bracket - not too sure about this one, its definitely a Polypore & some pictures of Turkey Tail fungus resemble it.



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Chat Moss
2 small dragonflies still active in the late morning sunshine today which I thought was quite incredible given the time of year. Either Black Darter or Common Darter but too high to confirm identification.

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Lez Fairclough wrote:

Steven Nelson wrote:

Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM


 Hi Steve, I'm not that good at identifying birds & Fungi is definitely way out of my league but the nearest matches

I can find are 'Destroying Angel Mushroom' for the pure white one & 'Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom' for the yellow tipped one.

Lez. 






Hi Les. Yellow Fieldcap certainly looks spot on. Destroying Angel looks a good shout as well with some internet photos looking very like mine, but according to internet photos it has white gills whereas mine had more brownish gills, although this doesnt show in my photo. Big thanks for your help.

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Steven Nelson wrote:

Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM


 Hi Steve, I'm not that good at identifying birds & Fungi is definitely way out of my league but the nearest matches

I can find are 'Destroying Angel Mushroom' for the pure white one & 'Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom' for the yellow tipped one.

Lez. 



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Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM

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Little Woolden Moss NR - mid afternoon

1 (very late) Black Darter dragonfly

Various fungi - many unidentified. But ones I could were:
3 Fly Agaric
The remains of the Stinkhorn seen last week
Sulphur Tuft
A few Earthballs
Turkey Tail
A large patch on Common Earthstars
Yellow Russula

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 23rd of October 2021 10:31:22 PM

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Little Woolden Moss NR

Fungi (that I could iidentify!):
9 Fly Agaric
1 Stinkhorn
A nice cluster of Turkey Tail

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Midday visit to Little Woolden Moss NR.

At least 6 Common Darter dragonflies were seen in flight along the edge of the moss, despite the cool NW breeze and frequent drizzle.

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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-18.30

Butterflies : 4 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies : Black Darters galore, plus at least 6 Common Darters and 5 Southern Hawkers.

Also still plenty of hungry mosquitos around, especially in the shady birch covered areas.

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Chat Moss
1 Painted Lady butterfly - a very bright, fresh looking individual.

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Brown Hawker, Emperor & numerous Black Darter dragonflies along the path leading to the ex hide Little Woolden Moss NR.

Pics of male & female Black Darters attached. 



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Irlam Moss

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar crawling across Twelve Yards Rd. Moved to the safety of grass verge.

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At least two Painted Lady butterflies amongst excellent numbers of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacocks, several Common Blue and a Comma along the western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR.

Incredible number of dragonflies over the reserve too, superb to see!



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c40+ Peacock butterflies mainly in two small areas (of thistle and a buddleia) along the very western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR this afternoon, along with c16 Red Admiral and smaller numbers of Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper with a single Painted Lady.



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Little Woolden Moss 16.00-19.00

Butterflies : 12 Peacocks (10 around flowering Creeping Thistle), 1 Painted Lady, 2 Speckled Woods and lots of Gatekeepers.

Also 1 Common Carpet moth. 2 Brown Hawker and several Black Darter dragonflies.

Lots of Clegs and 2 Deer Flies too, none of which were deterred by several layers of insect repellent.

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Good numbers of Black Darter along the perimeter footpath around Little Woolden Moss this morning, also 2 Peacock and several Gatekeeper

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Painted Lady on Little Woolden Moss NR this morning.



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Little Woolden Moss NR and Little Woolden Moss

Lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort.

Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Also, a vole seen running across path at Little Woolden Moss NR.

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Little Woolden Moss 13.00-15.00

Numerous Azure and Large Red Damselflies.

4 Four Spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor and 1 male Black tailed Skimmer dragonflies. 4 Green Tiger Beetles.

1 Painted Lady (Very faded), 2 Large Skipper and 10 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Most of the butterflies were on flowering Creeping Thistle at the western edge of the moss.



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 Several Large-red Damselflies around Croxdens this afternoon



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Little Woolden Moss NR 09.00-13.00

With a chilly Easterly wind blowing across the moss the only insect seen, apart from a few hardy bumblebees, was

a single St Marks Fly. It appeared very lethargic and just lay on the path.


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