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RE: Stalybridge (other wildlife)


Thursday 18th October 2018.

Andy Bissitt's posts have just reminded me:

A Small Copper fluttered onto Wild Bank SBI, on the Hobson Moor side of the hill, at 10.00am. My first ever record here.

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Sunday 2nd September 2018, 2.00pm.

A male Holly Blue butterfly in the garden (Huddersfield Road), was a Stalybridge first for me.

Plenty of Fox Moth caterpillars on the moors at present, and the Plasterer Bee colony near Hobson Moor was still going strong this morning.

A single Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at Higher Swineshaw yesterday was my first sighting for months, in what has been a quiet year personally, for Vanessids.

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Thursday 9th August 2018, 12.30pm

A colony of Plasterer Bees, numbering approximately 1500 burrows, along a 60 yard stretch of sandy banking created by tractor tyres, on the Hobson Moor side of Wild Bank.

Given the location, next to a heather moor, I would guess at Colletes succinctus as a species.

-- Edited by David Walsh on Thursday 9th of August 2018 01:53:43 PM

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Sunday 5th November 2017, 1.30pm

Huddersfield Road

Red Admiral feeding in the garden, just now.

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Sunday 15th October 2017

Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge.

A very ragged Comma butterfly struggling its way through the garden was unusual.

Moth night 2017.

Several sessions of skulking around the ivy flowers in the dark over the past couple of nights yielded not a single moth. Plenty of Bats though

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Sunday 28th August 2017, 3.00pm

A male Common Blue butterfly flew through the garden. Very unusual for the area.

-- Edited by David Walsh on Monday 28th of August 2017 04:53:21 PM

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Wednesday 2nd August.

Harrop Edge, on track verges near Cheetham Fold Farm (kennels).

c 13 Red Admiral feeding on thistles.

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Tuesday 20th September 2016, 7.15 - 8.00pm

Harrop Edge

Noctule bat
Pipistrelle species
Dog Fox being harassed by what sounded like a raptor, after dark, in one of the quarries.

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Sunday 18th Sept. 17.00 hrs.

Weasel ran across Hobson Moor Road.

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Thursday 21st July 2016

Female Ghost Moth in Howard Street, Millbrook this evening

Ringlet butterfly in the garden this afternoon

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Saturday 4th June 2016

Painted Lady butterfly taking nectar in the garden, Huddersfield Road

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Wednesday 9th December 2015, 2.00pm

River Tame, Bayley Street bridge

1 Mink, hunting along the wall on the northern side of the river.

I've reported this on the form on the "Other Wildlife" section, which seems a bit "Wigancentric". Is it still current, or do I need to log the sighting somewhere else?

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Saturday Nov 14th.

Track up to Moorside Farm off Hobson Moor Rd.

Scleroderma citrinum, commonly known as the common earthball or pigskin poison puffball (I like the latter !).

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Thursday 8th October 2015. Walkerwood Dam A few Speckled Wood Butterflies flying around the brambles. Roger.



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Thanks for reminding me, Roger

Addition to yesterday's sightings - Gooseberry Sawfly (Nematus ribesii) - abundant cry

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Whilst gooseberry picking
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What !!! I'd have kept that quiet. blankstare
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Sunday 12th July 2015

Whilst gooseberry picking, in the garden, Huddersfield Road.

Butterflies

1 Ringlet , a Stalybridge first for me.
1 Speckled Wood
1 Small Tortoiseshell

1 Large Yellow Underwing moth

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 12th of July 2015 03:53:13 PM

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Thursday 2nd July 2015

Harridge, Millbrook

10+ Speckled Wood
3 Small Heath
2 Cinnabar moths

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Weds April 22nd.

Stanley Square.

10+ Small Tortoiseshell.

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Tues April 7th.

Carrbrook area.

Red Admiral 2
Peacock Butterfly .... numerous ..... I lost count in the high twenties.

t'Harridge.

Flock of around 20 Jackdaw mobbing a large male Stoat .... really chased it round the stones until it managed to find cover.

Walkerwood dam.

Lot of Toads on the roadway ..... many in embrace.

Spent twenty minutes giving a few a lift onto the res as one or two had already met a sticky end.
Hope to receive my reward in Heaven.

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Mon 6th April. Heyheads.

2 Small tortoiseshell.

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Tuesday Aug 16th.

Track up to Moorside Farm off Hobson Moor Rd.

Red Admiral & Speckled Wood butterflies ...... seemed to favour the shade of the oaks that grow out of the rhododendrons or could be the ivy flowers that attract them ?
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Harrop Edge.

Common Darters (M&F) plentiful around the small ponds in the quarry.

Roger.

-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Tuesday 16th of September 2014 08:56:32 PM

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Friday Aug 15th. 15.30 hrs.

Stalybridge.

Red Admiral on canal tow-path at side of Tescos.

Roger.

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Tuesday 6th August. 22.30 hrs.

Stalybridge. Tame Street.

Large Yellow Underwing.

Roger.

-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Wednesday 6th of August 2014 07:23:53 AM

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Friday 25th July. 04.30 hrs.

Stalybridge. Tame St. Council Vehicle Yard.

3 splendid specimens of Rattus Norvegicus having an early morning acrobatic session.
Kicked off by jumping out of a black bag as it was being thrown in a skip !

Surprising how 12oz rodents can put a spring in the step of several 14st+ HGV drivers ....... and by that I don't mean they were rushing for a closer look ??

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Sunday 6th July 2014

Two strange sightings from earlier

1 Brown Rat in the top of a Goat Willow tree??? Mistook it for a bald-tailed squirrel initially (that's a description, not the name of a species)

1 Grey Squirrel comfortably curled up inside a squirrel-proof peanut feeder!!!

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Sunday 22nd June 2014, 8.30pm

Back of Brushes Rangers football pitch

20+ Six-spot Burnet moths, recently emerged, on grass stems
4 Meadow Brown butterflies
1 Small Heath butterfly
1 Silver Ground Carpet Moth

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Sunday 22nd June 2014, 9 am

1 Elephant Hawk Moth roosting in the heather at Wild Bank - what a stunning insect!
First Meadow Browns of the year around Walkerwood Dam

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A few sightings over the past week or so around Brushes Valley

Butterflies:

Speckled Wood abundant everywhere
Small Heath common
Green-veined White
Small White
Large White
Green Hairstreak at Flaxfield
Small Copper at Flaxfield
Large Skipper at Lower Swineshaw
Common Blue at Lower Swineshaw
Sadly, the end of the Orange-tips for another year

Moths:

Cinnabar moths abundant - seems a bumper year!
Chimney Sweeper abundant at Flaxfield
Common Carpet
Silver-ground Carpet
Common Heath
Ghost Moth at Huddersfield Road

Flowers:

Fragrant Orchid coming into flower
Marsh Orchid along the overflow of Walkerwood Reservoir

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 22nd of June 2014 01:26:31 AM

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Saturday 4th January 2014, 9.00am

3 roe deer high up on Wild Bank Moor, towards Cock Knarr

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Saturday 23rd November 2013, 11.50AM

2 roe deer in marshy scrub behind Range House, Flaxfield

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Thursday 21st November 2013, 8.45am

Roe Deer moving through the trees on the hill just south of Walkerwood Dam

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At dusk today from Walkerwood Dam

Roe Deer low down on Harridge in field next to the reservoir

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Saturday 19th October 2013, 10.00AM

Roe Deer ran down from rear of Range House across Brushes Road and into country park

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A lot of harlequin ladybirds in Stalybridge town centre today

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Tame St.

Seem to have a couple of incomers to the local fox population (always a few living under the council yards porta-cabins).

These are two young vixens, but the odd thing is that one is very light, like a pale reddish blonde.
First time I noticed it I thought it was a ginger cat under the street lights.

Probably some old dog fox will be looking forward to January.

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Tuesday 27th August 2013, dusk

Female roe deer in scrub behind Range House "barking" loudly

Brown Hare in field in front of Range House

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Tuesday 27th August.

R. Tame. Park Rd.

An Hummingbird Hawk Moth was hovering in some Himalayan Balsam.
Early morning, still dark but very warm.

Roger.

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Monday 26th August 2013, 3.00pm, Huddersfield Road.

A great summer for butterflies, with the following this afternoon in the garden

Speckled Wood - abundant
Large White
Small White
Green-veined White
Peacock
Small Tortoiseshell
Gatekeeper - unusual for the garden, more commonly along Brushes Road
Meadow Brown
Common Blue - first in the garden this year. In fact, the first I've seen this year.

Wall Browns used to be a common feature, basking on fence panels, but I haven't seen one locally for many years, matching the national decline. Speckled Woods seem to have filled the niche. They seem to do very well locally, even in bad years.

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Monday 5th Aug. 00.30 hrs.

Stalybridge. Tame St.

Poplar Hawk Moth.

Roger.

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Sat 9th Feb. 13.00 hrs.

Roe Deer ...... back of Copley.

Roger.

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Tuesday 24th July. 01.30 hrs.

Yellow Underwing.

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Sun 22nd July. 01.30 hrs.

A few Pipistrelles hunting around the willows at side of river near Tame St bridge.

Poplar Hawk Moth.
Scalloped Oak.

Roger.

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