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Woodend Lane

1 Orange Tip & 1 Large White butterflies.

Rixton Clay Pits

6 Common Blue & 1 Holly Blue butterflies.

Several Azure & Large Red damselflies.

The pond where I used to see Great Crested Newts, now contains a shoal of Rudd as the area seems to have recently been flooded allowing fish to spread.

Will that affect the newts?. 1 marsh orchid.

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Woolston Eyes No. 3 Bed

1 Common Carpet moth was the only butterfly/moth seen in 2.5hrs on the bed this morning.

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Another mention of note was our only dragonfly so far, a rare one too, White-faced Darter. A newly emerged individual was seen getting caught by a Common Lizard & eaten, both were alive so both on the holiday list! Large Red Damselfly also seen. Only butterfly species so far is Orange-tip.

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A bit obvious but not always seen in numbers, we have had lots of Red Squirrels up in the Speyside area this week whilst on holiday. They have included a pregnant female and three chasing at Loch Garten RSPB. We have probably seen at least 9 different ones in 3 days on Speyside whereas some years they have seemed harder to see. Today we also had Tongues of Fire fungus on Juniper, very spectacular. Red Deer were numerous in the Findhorn Valley and a few Roe Deer have been seen locally but more dead ones have been seen as road kill than I have ever seen before.

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Woolston Eyes No 3 Bed

6+ Garden Carpet moths on the meadow area.

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Risley Moss NR

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6 Brimstone butterflies, 2 Four Spotted Chaser dragonflies and 2 Large Red Damselflies.

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Newmanns Flash

3 Dingy Skipper butterflies.

Haydn Pool

1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Green Veined White, 1 Orange Tip and 2 Peacock butterflies.

Marbury Park

Clouds of black caddis flies along the fishermans path.



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Early this morning an addition to my Newchurch Common Mammals seen list, a beautiful Vixen carrying prey. She was in superb condition probably due to the super-abundance of Rabbits here. Nice stands of Herb Robert out too. White Field Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) photographed too.



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At Newchurch Common today several Common Blue Damselflies and Large Red Damselflies on the wing, many teneral forms of both. Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Large White butterflies too but no vannessids this afternoon, strange!



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Woolston Eyes (09.45-13.00)

1 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Lots of white butterflies too, but most did'nt settle long enough to be properly identified.

St Mark's Flies abundant with Common Whitethroats and Long Tailed Tits seen catching the insects in flight.

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White Coppice/ Heatherlea Woods

Several Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were along the moorland edge, whilst a couple of Peacock butterflies were on the bluebells in Heatherlea wood.

Bumblebees abundant throughout, I can't recall seeing so many on a spring walk before.

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At Newchurch Common today in the sun there were several butterflies, namely Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Small White and Green-veined White. A large emergence of Seven-spot Ladybirds was evident. I also discovered a large 'colony' of solitary mining bees (yet to be IDed), which had the attentions of a parasitic wasp species too. Large numbers of St.Mark's Flies were everywhere, they don't bite and are great bird food, so I like them smile



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On the Sefton Coast today Small Tortoiseshells, Peacock, Small Whites and best of all in the dunes at Ainsdale the nationally scarce, but local to this area, Northern Dune Tiger Beetle. Worth going to have a look at, digiscoped picture attached to help with ID if you go looking smile



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Small Tortoiseshell at Clough House Farm

Peacock at Entwistle Reservoir

Orange Tip at Wayoh

Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshells, & Speckled Woods at Turton Golf Course


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Neumanns Flash

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1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly by Neumanns Flash.

1 "Pipistrelle" sized bat giving close views in the NE corner of Neumanns at dusk.

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Weasel on Turton Golf Course yesterday


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The last week at Newchucrh Common has seen me add two new mammal species to my site list here, Bank Vole & Common Shrew. These are additions to sightings of Grey Squirrel and Rabbit and evidence of Mole, Fox and Mink.



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At Newchurch Common yesterday (21st) I recorded a few Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock butterfly and my first Large White of the year, easily IDed as it was a large, well-marked male. Seven-spot Ladybird seen this week too as well as a Red Admiral here. I photographed a cracking Yellow Slug (Limax flavus) as well as several 'flat-backed millipedes' (Polydesmus species).

The sunny weather is certainly bringing out wildlife other than birds for our interest smile



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A good selection of Butterflies around Haydn's Pool this afternoon, with Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and what appeared to be a very small Large White.

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Others will have had earlier, but, had my first butterfly of the year yesterday, just at the edge of my Newchurch Common Patch by Sandy Lane, a male Brimstone. Then got home & a 7-Spot Ladybird was on Carys's car, great to be back into insect recording again smile



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whilst at old colwyn, wales, when searching through the scoter flock I picked up a grey seal close in & it had a fish in its mouth I first thought it was a plaice as it was flat but it turned out to be a ray as it had a long thin tail, the seal was struggling with it & also had to deal with the gulls that were hanging around but it did manage to rip a piece of it & eat it then the gulls tried to get the rest of it but the seal grabbed it back & disappeared under water, I didn't see it again & was great to watch biggrin

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Speckled Wood on Turton Golf Course this morning.

Also a couple of patches of Sneezewort in flower on the course + a Red Clover.



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Broadhead Valley :-
1 Common Darter
1 Silver Y


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1 Common Darter & 1 Red Admiral at Wickenlow Hill Farm pond, Edgworth.


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1 Common Darter at Entwistle Reservoir

1 Small Tortoiseshell + 1 Red Admiral between King Bill on Chapeltown Road and Turton Golf Course



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Risley Moss (13.00-15.00)

Black Darter dragonflies in abundance, landing on people as well as vegetation etc. Plenty of Common Darters around too.

3 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

The brambles were teeming with ladybirds, wasps, bluebottles etc, but with seemingly few small birds around to feed on them.

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Turton Golf Course :-
3 Red Admirals
3 Speckled Woods

1 Common Hawker


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Hilbre 14.30-18.00

A steady passage of Red Admiral butterflies throughout.



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Spurn
Sunday 27th and Monday 28th September

4 Mammal species seen including...
-numerous Grey seal
-numerous Harbour Porpoise including possible small pod as 3 or 4 dorsal fins seen together.
-also of note Chris may have spotted a spray from a Whale's blowhole but I didn't see it myself.
-1 Common Lizard ran across canal path
-lots of Dragonfly about, surprised we didn't see a late Hobby taking advantage of the bounty

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Spurn 27/09/2015

Red Admiral 1
Brimstone 1
Large White 2
Speckled Wood several

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Migrant Hawker - lotsbiggrin. There were a dozen in the air together around the Crown and Anchor car park as we passed by on the way to the Arctic Warbler.
Also good numbers of teneral darters - probably Common

Grey Seal very close in near the Bluebell Cafe

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A black Rabbit with a couple of other Rabbits in Broadhead Valley. Also a couple of Grey Squirrels. Last week I saw a Fox up here.

Silver Y on Turton Golf Course.


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Leighton moss.

2 otters seen today from the new causeway hide smile

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Red Admiral at Wayoh
Small White at Entwistle
Peacock at Crowthorn
Speckled Wood at Sandy Bank (Plantation Road)
Painted Lady on field as I headed for Edgworth village


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Only a Peacock, a Gatekeeper, a few Black Darters, & a Brown Hawker seen up the Broadhead Valley in the strong wind.

Finally managed to get through the Himalayan Balsam, now it is dying, to the lodge at the top end of Little Wayoh.
2 Common Hawkers
2 Common Darters
A pair of not sure dragonflies. Photo e-mailed to Steve White for identification.

1 Red Admiral on the way up to Wayoh Fold, and another by the reservoir.

2 Green-veined Whites & a Wall at the reservoir.


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Excellent morning around Broadhead Valley :-
44 Black Darters seen along the tracks, must be many more on the fields
5 Common Darters
1 Common Hawker
24 Green-veined Whites
1 very fresh looking Painted Lady
4 Small Tortoiseshells
2 Small Coppers
3 Gatekeepers
1 Wall
1 Large Yellow Underwing

Elsewhere only a few butterflies seen including :-
2 Peacocks (with a Common Hawker) close to Turton Tower
1 Speckled Wood in Hazelhurst Wood


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Only a couple of Butterflies seen around Wayoh, Green-veined White & Gatekeeper.

Small Copper was seen as I headed up the hill towards Wayoh Fold.

Broadhead Valley much better :-
50+ Green-veined Whites
1 Large White
1 Small Tortoiseshell
2 Meadow Browns
1 Gatekeeper

1 Common Hawker
17 Black Darters
4 Common Darters
A blood-red darter flew past me looking like a Ruddy Darter, but probably one of the darker, richer versions of Common Darter. It did not land so unable to be sure which one.


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Went on a bat walk at Leighton Moss yesterday; great fun, with soprano pipistrelle the most common, quite a few common pipistrelle, too, and also one or two Brandt's/whiskered.
Stoat giving great views near the visitor centre.

Not many butterflies, with peacock the most obvious, of those about, with a couple of speckled wood, too.

A few common darter and brown hawkers, and a single common blue damselfly.

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Broadhead Valley :-
70+ Green-veined Whites
1 Small Tortoiseshell
7 Gatekeepers
6 Meadow Browns

1 Common Hawker
1 Brown Hawker
4 Common Darters
2 Black Darters

Wayoh :-
A few Gatekeepers only around the reservoir
Almost finished today's trip when an Emperor dragonfly flew past me. A first for me at Wayoh, although I have seen them on ponds nearby.


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Brampton.
Common Hawker at least 1 - identified as Bee-eater prey item
Common Darter - 3 pairs mating on pool on the route to the viewpoint, several other singletons.
Peacock Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Small Skipper
Large White
White-letter Hairstreak (1)

Foulshaw Moss
Black Darter -lots
Common Darter - slightly fewer biggrin
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly
Common Lizard - at least 4 adults (including one sloughing its' skin) and around 30 younger ones all enjoying the warmth of the boardwalks
Probable Hornet

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Anglesey; Rhosneigr and South Stack:

Butterflies:

Large white
Small white
Meadow brown
Gatekeeper
Wall brown (the first I've seen in years)
Common blue
Peacock
Small tortoiseshell

Common blue damselfly (only a couple, and other than an unidentified dragonfly - a darter of some stripe, I think - the only odonata I saw)

Common lizard

Rabbit
Common pipistrelle
Soprano pipistrelle
Harbour porpoise smile

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Wayoh & Broadhead Valley.

Lots of butterflies but not many species.
Small Skippers, Green-veined Whites, just one Large White, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers.

Brown Hawkers, Common Darters.
Broadhead Valley normally a good area for Black Darters but none today.

Azure, Common Blue, & Blue-tailed damselflies.


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Turton Golf Course this morning :-

60+ Gatekeeper
15 Meadow Brown
9 Small Skipper
1 Large Skipper
4 Green-veined White
8 Small Tortoiseshell

2 Brown Hawker
A few Blue-tailed damselflies

Silver Y
Straw Dot

1 Grey Squirrel

Same species of butterflies (except Large Skipper) around Clough House farmland


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Hilbre Island (Sunday 2/08/15)

-Harbour Porpoise - 2 swam by, quite distant
-Grey Seal - plenty around, mainly floating, relaxing

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Other sightings from RSPB Blacktoft yesterday.

1 - Red Fox patrolling perimeter of reedbeds
Few Common Rabbit around
...and a Grey Squirrel trying to climb a bus shelter near Steve's house (technically in-county)


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Leighton Moss, Myer Allotments butterfly reserve and surrounds:

Common blue damselfly (Myer Allotments)
Blue-tailed damselfly (saltmarshes area)
Brown hawker (several, at Myer Allotments)
Broad-bodied chaser (Myer allotment)
Black-tailed skimmer (Leighton Moss)
One of the hawker species; migrant, I think.

Meadow brown (loads)
Speckled wood
Gatekeeper
Large white
Ringlet
Comma
Large skipper
Small skipper
Red admiral

Some nice hoverflies and solitary bees, too, but I couldn't identify them to species

Weasel scampered across the path in front of me by the level crossing
Brown rat at the feeders
A very flat mole

Froglet


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Appleton Reservoir

Numerous Common Blue Damselflies & 2 Blue Tailed Damselflies along the overgrown West bank, also 1 Silver Ground Carpet Moth.

1 Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly along the "Delamere Way" footpath just South of the reservoir.

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Cornwall from Saturday 30th May to Friday 5th June

-Red Fox - few seen crossing country lanes, 1 assumed cub (fairly small) just sat upright in the road near The Lizard and just watched me drive passed, and another seen at Jericho Farm probably thinking it had a chance of taking a large Gull.

-Eurasian Otter - 1 seen briefly at Long Rock Pool near Marazion as it emerged right near a surprised Mute Swan.

-Grey Seal - singles seen at Porthgwarra 3x, Sennon Cove and Cot Valley.

-Harbour Porpoise - 1 seen briefly from the Scillonian III crossing

-Common Dolphin (Short-beaked Common Dolphin) - 1 seen from Scillonian just relaxing upright with head and beak out of the water as we sailed by

-Common Rabbit - lots seen in a variety of places

-Bats - plenty seen mainly on walking down for a pint and on way back up the country lane. Not 100% on species but we saw a few Pipistrelle which quite easily could've been Soprano's, and we saw a few slightly larger Bats which again I can only speculate are most likely to be one of the Horseshoe Bats as the local disused tin mines now provide one of the country's stronghold areas for both the Lesser and Greater.

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Other wildlife from my Scotland trip:

Possil Marsh

Female common blue damselfly, the first damselfly I've seen this year.
Orange tip, small white, green-veined white (I'm sure I saw green veins on the under-wings of one, but it's hard to tell, sometimes!), peacock, small tortoiseshell butterflies.

Insh Marshes / Kingussie

Rabbit
Red squirrel
Stoat (being seen off by the combined efforts of three lapwing)

Four-spotted chaser (first dragonfly of the year)
Common blue damselfly
Dor beetle
Red velvet mite
Orange tip, small white butterflies
Various bees and solitary wasps.

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Hi Rob

The quotation you've taken explains the lower number of nests by saying "due to falling stocks of mussels and particularly predation by foxes". Seems clear to me, resident foxes have affected Eider breeding numbers, in concert with depleted mussel stocks in Morecambe Bay. Should have said foxes were partly responsible? Mainly responsible?

My main point was that according to this article Foxes aren't apparently regarded as rare on the island any more and as a result they have impacted the Eiders.

It is interesting that a Gull will either eat or incubate Eider eggs depending on their instinct at a point in their own breeding cycle. Amazing the way these species co-exist, even accepting the lower numbers, there were still hundreds of pairs of birds all jumbled together, it's an amazing place

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Simon Gough wrote:

Foxes are resident according to the internet, they are responsible for the population of breeding Eiders having fallen by 80% in the last 20 years:

http://www.cumbria-wildlife.org.uk/eider.html





It states "it is thought" that the recent decline in Eider "NESTS" on Walney is due falling Mussel stocks (Eiders preferring younger Mussels) and by Fox predation.
It also states that if feeding conditions are poor, which it sounds they are, then they just don't attempt to breed or fail to complete the breeding cycle.
The large Gull species are all predatory so will always take eggs and ducklings if readily available, and I suspect they have had an effect on the situation too!
That article also mentions what I said in my post about the Gulls sometimes incubating Eider eggs.
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