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Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


You're right about Common Rustgill etc too

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Hi Steve

Re that last one: possibly an old sppecimen of Ivory or Fool's Funnel. If it is either treat with caution. Both are deadly according to Phillips .....and common.

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Little Woolden Moss NR this morning:

Fungi that I think Ive identified correctly:

Common Rustgill - photo
Ciollard Earthstar - photo
Common Earthball - photo
Shaggy Scalycap - photo
Fly Agaric
Sulphur Tuft
Coral spot
Candle Snuff


Ones Im not sure about - any help appreciated:
Gloeoporus dichrous? - photos 5 & 6
Mycena sp. ? - photo

One Ive no idea (white fungus in last 2 photos) - again any help appreciated.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 5th of November 2022 07:51:01 PM

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Irlam and Chat Mosses - late am

3 Red Admiral butterflies and 8 Common Darter dragonflies flying in the warm sunshine

Fungi:
Pleated Inkcap
Fly Agaric
Birch Polypore

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Rufous Milkcap looks a good call. Many thanks Lez.

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Little Woolden Moss NR - pm

Fungi:
Shaggy Scalycap - photo
Candle Snuff - photo
Fly Agaric
Deceiver
Yellow Russula
Blackish-purple Russula
Sulphur Tuft
Turkey Tail
Also one I cant identify - see 3rd photo. Any help with ID appreciated.
Hi Steve

Dragonflies
2 Black Darter


 Hi Steve, the best match I can find for the 3rd photo based on gills, stem, colour & cap shape is 'Rufous Milkcap'.   Lez



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Little Woolden Moss NR - pm

Fungi:
Shaggy Scalycap - photo
Candle Snuff - photo
Fly Agaric
Deceiver
Yellow Russula
Blackish-purple Russula
Sulphur Tuft
Turkey Tail
Also one I cant identify - see 3rd photo. Any help with ID appreciated.


Dragonflies
2 Black Darter

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Irlam and Chat Mosses - late am
Some warm sunshine brought out some late butterflies and dragonflies:

1 Gatekeeper was very late
3 Red Admiral

Quite a few Common Darters

Fungi:
16 Fly Agaric

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Chat Moss - am

Fungi that I could identify:
Another patch of 6 Fly Agaric found
White Saddle
Blackish-Purple Russula
Brown Roll Rim
Brown Birch Bolete
Bolete eater
Common Earthball
Stinking dapperling?
Lactarius rufus
Tricholoma fulvum

Plants:
Orange hawkweed (Fox and cubs) in flower - very late

Dragonflies:
Common and Black Darters


-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 15th of October 2022 09:09:56 PM

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Chat Moss - Early evening

Looks like a really good year for Fly Agaric. A total of at least 55 specimens in four locations including one cluster of at least 32 specimens at different stages of growth, some of which were really big measuring approx 15-20cm across the cap and similar height. I dont recall ever seeing any this size before.

Some good numbers of other species as well. Those that I could identify included:

Orange Birch Bolette
Birch Bolette
Brown Roll Rim
Common Puffball
Girdled Knight
Clouded Funnel
Deceiver
Yellow Russula
Lactifluus controversus ?

Also a few dragonflies in the late sunshine
Common Darter
Black Darter

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Thursday 13th of October 2022 10:58:07 PM

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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







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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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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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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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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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