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On Newchurch Common again in warm sunshine taking a guest on for photography.

A Common Shrew was seen in Gull Pool Wood.

A Common Lizard was on Shemmy Moss.

Palmate Newt and Common Toad were both in Gull Pool Wood whilst Common Frog was on Shemmy Moss.

The usual butterflies included an Essex Skipper again by Shemmy Moss.

A new dragonfly for the year, a single Black Darter, was seen on Shemmy Moss. Otherwise Emerald Damselflies and at least 2 Southern Hawkers were the noteworthy odonata.

A group of at least 6 Bog Bush Crickets were in a wetter area on Shemmy Moss. In the dry, longer grass at the edges of the moss a Common Field Grasshopper was the first patch record of 2023 and the 6th orthopteran making this the best year for this group of insects.

A search near Big Pool Island Cut revealed just 3 Common Stinkhorn fungi left in the small wood and only 1 of these was perfect for photography. A new Tawny Grisette was found in Gull Pool Wood.








-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Monday 10th of July 2023 05:42:53 PM

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Relatively decent numbers of butterflies on wing, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Comma, Ringlet

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All day on Newchurch Common, mainly to try to get a picture of a Purple Hairstreak (which I did!!). Hot, sunny and breezy.

Both Palmate Newt and Smooth Newt were seen by Gull Pool.

At least 20 Purple Hairstreaks were seen and 5 came down and perched low allowing my pictures. A Painted Lady was on Shemmy Moss. An Essex Skipper was on Shemmy Moss with 2 Small Skippers. A second brood Holly Blue was near the car parking area. Also seen were Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown. With 15 species seen it was my best butterfly day of 2023.

The first 4(3m) Ruddy Darters were seen near Gull Pool. where the first Emerald Damselflies were also seen. Common Darter and m.Emperor were both on Shemmy Moss. Southern Hawkers were seen by Shemmy Moss and near Gull Pool. Brown Hawkers again were widespread. The usual damselflies were seen: Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Large Red-eyed. So in all 11 species of odonata.

Also recorded was 14-Spot Ladybird.

 



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A morning on Newchurch Common after rescuing a Mute Swan from a main road!!

The most amazing find was a Muntjac Deer skull on Shemmy Moss!! These deer are in Cheshire but I never expected to find evidence on my patch.

A few butterflies were around, most notable was a count of 10 Red Admirals, others seen were as usual!

A nice male Southern Hawker was on the Whitegate Way above Gull Pool.

If ID is confirmed I had a new bee - Short-fringed Mining Bee, on Shemmy Moss. An Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp was seen nearby as was a Ferruginous Bee-grabber (Sicus ferrugineus) a conopid fly. The bee-mimic hoverfly Eristalis intricaria was photographed on Shemmy Moss. Oak 'Apple' which is the gall of the wasp Andricus kollari was seen on several oaks.

A patch tick was a 10-Spot Ladybird, seen near Small Pool. A Phylonetta impressa spider was in gorse on Shemmy Moss, and was also new for patch.

Another new species was Hairy Snail (Trochulus hispidus), and they really are hairy, near Small Pool.

Several new fungi were seen, firstly Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva) in Gull Pool Wood, then Common Puffball on Shemmy Moss were Common Fieldcap (Agrocybe pediades) was also seen. Finally a Bay Bolete was seen by the Whitegate Way near Gull Pool.



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Originally drafted 5th July 2023 (forgot to post!!):

A shortened walk on Newchurch Common, dull and a bit of drizzle with sunny intervals.

A few butterflies, namely Small Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Comma.

A moth highlight was the Cheshire scarcity Dingy Shell, in a small wood near Big Pool Island Cut. Also seen were Shaded Broad-bar and Common Nettle-tap.

A Hornet was seen near Big Pool.

A new cranefly in the foldwing family, a small sub-family of craneflies was photographed - Ptychoptera contaminata.

A long-awaited find was 10 Common Stinkhorn fungi in woodland near Big Pool, in various stages of dev



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A good morning walk on Newchurch Common again. Sunny and hot but surprisingly blustery at times!

Two butterfly species were the stars. First I had my first Purple Hairstreak for 2023 in the canopy of an oak just inside the entrance barrier. Then up in the north meadow by Big Pool I finally found an Essex Skipper after checking numerous skipper up to that point. Other species seen were Large Skipper (1), Small Skipper (12), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Comma (10), Red Admiral (3), Large White (1), Small White(2), Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet (4) and Gatekeeper (5). So with 13 species it was my best butterfly day of the year!

Just  odonata species though, but in a relatively small area. The dragonflies seen were Brown Hawker (12), Four-spotted Chaser (2) and Common Darter (2), and damselflies seen were Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Azure and Large Red-eyed.

A good moth day too with my first Six-spot Burnet of 2023, in north meadow. Also here were a Blackneck and 5 Silver Y moths. Nearby by Big Pool a Yellow Shell and 2 Cinnabars were seen with at least 60 Cinnabar caterpillars on Ragwort in north meadow.

A Green Dock Beetle and a Green Shieldbug were new for the year and were both on the east side of Big Pool.

Scattered widespread across my recording area at the moment are small groups of the fungus Pale Brittlestem.



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Another morning at Newchurch Common, again with a guest along for photos. Sunny and warm.

The first 2 Gatekeepers were seen in the north meadows. Also seen were Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Comma.

A Downy Emerald was still flying. Also seen were Brown Hawkers and the 5 common damselflies.

The target for my mate was found again as I showed him at least 4 Roesel's Bush Crickets.

Hoverflies photographed included Syrphus vitripennis, Volucella bombylans and Parhelophilus frutetorum.

Garden Chafer beetle was photographed and again double figure numbers of Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetles were seen.

A large harvestman species, Leiobunum rotundum, was seen.



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A good and a bad day on my Newchurch Common Patch. Good because of the sightings, bad as I accidentally deleted all my photos bar one and couldn't recover them.

A Grass Snake was seen really well on Shemmy Moss.

Butterflies seen were as usual : Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small White, Small Skipper and Large Skipper.

Odonata were : m.Emperor, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, and the 5 common damselflies.

A fabulous new moth was seen for the year, Beautiful Yellow Underwing, but all photos lost. Two other moths were new, both micros and both by the main track, Pammene regiana and Pammene aurana. Also seen were Common White Wave and Silver Y, both on Shemmy Moss.

A Gwynne's Mining Bee was by Shemmy Moss as was a Lassioglossum sp.

A Turnip Sawfly was a nice find. A couple of Harlequin Ladybird larvae were seen near the main track. A Cucumber Spider was by the Whitegate Way.

Bittersweet was recorded and a nice find was a corner of the nurseries planted with wild flowers, including Cornflowers and poppies.

 

 



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An afternoon on Newchurch Common, too hot really but only time I had free!

A fish species was positively identified, a rare occurrence with shoals of young Perch in the shallows on the north side of Big Pool.

Butterflies seen were a Small Copper, Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 5 Small Skippers, Speckled Wood, c.10 Ringlets and c.50 Meadow Browns.

Best insect was a teneral male Common Darter, the first of this species for 2023. A Downy Emerald, a male Emperor and 4 Brown Hawkers were also seen.

A total of 3 Blackneck moths were seen today. A Silver Y moth was again seen.

A new beetle for me was a Thistle Tortoise Beetle, initially in a spiders web but taken out of it for photographs! A Common Red Soldier Beetle was seen for the first time this year too. Alder Leaf Beetle larvae were new too.



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A morning on Newchurch, initially sunny then coming on to drizzle, but always warm. A fantastic day for invertebrates.

First though vertebrates! There were Common Toadlets all over the paths around Big Pool, at least 20 were seen but the area must hold hundreds at least.

The first 5 Small Skippers of the year were found along with 3 Large Skippers. Also seen were 3 Red Admirals, 2 Speckled Woods and at least 20 Ringlets and 20 Meadow Browns.

Odonata were reasonably represented with 1 Downy Emerald, 3m Black-tailed Skimmers, 6 Brown Hawkers, and Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red-eyed Damselflies.

A really good moth day with a Patch and Cheshire lifer in the shape of 2 Black-necked Moths (a Cheshire scarcity) in the meadow north of Big Pool as well as 2 patch yearticks; a Blood Vein and a Shaded Broad-bar. Also here were 3 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets, the first Cinnabar caterpillars of the year as well as adults, a Silver Y moth, whilst a Common Wave was between Big Pool and the Pine Belt.

At least 15 Roesel's Bush Crickets were found, mostly adults now and including the macropterous form diluta which is long-winged and forms only 1% of the normal population. Also seen, and new for the year were Meadow Grasshoppers and again Common Green Grasshoppers.

A new species of beetle was the Welsh Chafer, with dozens seen around gorse bushes north of Big Pool. A Furrow Orb-weaver Spider (Larinioides cornutus) was seen with a web containing damselflies and well as a food store with lots more.

A Black Millipede was photographed near Big Pool.A Burdock leaf near the main track entrance was riddled with the leafmines of the fly Phytomyza lappae, looking very artistic indeed!



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Roadside grass verge outside Swinton Commercials
Despite what appears to me to have been a sympathetic mowing exercise this year, an admittedly quick search this AM found only one spike of Bee Orchid out. Normally approaching double figures here most years. Marsh Orchids also reduced in number; most of these finished flowering.

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A morning on Newchurch Common Patch today, this time centered around the mosslands area as well as the walk through the common to it. Hot sunshine again.

A day of rarities, at least at a county level. Two of these were moths and were at least 5 Clouded Buffs and 1 Four-dotted Footman. Another patch speciality and Cheshire scarcity was seen in the form of at least 40 Grass Waves, a species already recorded this year but looking to be at peak numbers now. I also counted 10 Common Heath moths on Shemmy Moss and added the Grass Veneer (Crambus pascuella) for the year.

The final rarity was in the form of 12 Bog Bush Cricket nymphs. Inspired by my find of Roesel's Bush Cricket nymphs yesterday I decided to search much earlier than usual for Bog Bush Crickets and it came up trumps with the nymphs, when I usually only see the adults.

Again very few butterflies, 3 Red Admirals, several Speckled Woods and a Small White being the only ones seen.

Another Southern Hawker Dragonfly was seen, this time near Small Pool. Between the Whitegate Way and the mosses a Brown Hawker was seen. On the mosses I recorded a male Emperor and at least 20 Four-spotted Chasers. Common Blue, Azure and Large Red Damselflies were seen.

I photographed a new hoverfly for the patch by the main track, the European Dronefly (Eristalis arbustorum).



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On Newchurch Common Patch.

A Red-letter Day as I found and photographed the Cheshire Rare orthopteran Roesel's Bush Cricket. At least 5 nymphs were found in meadows near Big Pool, and proof gained through photographs which have been submitted to iRecord.

At least 5 Ringlets were seen and a couple photographed as well as over 12 Meadow Browns, they are well and truly an expected every day species now! Just 3 Large Skippers were noted but a Holly Blue was a nice sighting.

I recorded my first Southern Hawker as well as a female Banded Demoiselle. A single Downy Emerald was still present as well as a Four-spotted Chaser and a male Emperor. The 5 usual damselflies were all seen.

A Small Blood-vein moth was new for the year here.



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First Meadow Browns of year out
Two Red Admirals
Red Campion, Ox Eye Daisies, Dog Roses and Foxgloves all flowering as Spring slips into Summer.
(Still absolutely no sign of various large scale projects restricting access to site ending, despite the numerous signs proclaiming "Spring 2023" as projected finishing time.)

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A short morning visit with another guest on Newchurch Common in sunny and warm weather.

A new butterfly for the year in the shape of a single Ringlet north of Big Pool. Other than that butterflies were in short supply with 2 Large Skippers and 5 Meadow Brown the only ones of note.

Hardly any odonata, our theory being that last nights powerful storms here knocked them out of their roost sites and many perished.

A Timothy Tortrix moth was new for the year as was another tortrix, most likely Epiblema scutulana.

A new hoverfly for patch was by Big Pool Island Cut, namely the locally distributed Anasimyia contracta. The bumblebee mimic hoverfly Eristalis intricaria was also seen and photographed close by.

A fabulous new fly was found, a Sieve-winged Snail-killer (Coremacera marginata), north of Big Pool. Another fly was one seen annually here but the first for 2023, the Common Awl Robberfly. A Cosmoconus sp. Ichneumon was also new. Dock Bugs (a shieldbug) were also new for the year. The weevil Polydrusus formosus, also seen a few days ago, was on alders east of Big Pool.



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Sunny all day at Newchurch Common.

Yesterdays odonata record only stood for a day as I had 12 species on patch today. The usual 5 common Damselflies were present plus 2m Black-tailed Skimmers, a fem Broad-bodied Chaser, a Downy Emerald, a Hairy Dragonfly, a Brown Hawker, a male & fem Emperor and 3 Four-spotted Chasers. The fem Emperor was seen ovipositing on Small Pool.

Butterflies were as yesterday with the addition of Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. At least 3 Large Skippers were seen.

A new moth for the year was a pristine Narrow-bordered 5-Spot Burnet N.of Big Pool.

About 8 large (prob Mirror) Carp were rolling on the surface in courtship on Small Pool.

A Blindeyes Poppy was photographed near Big Pool.



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A sunny afternoon on Newchurch Common again.

I found the first 3 Brown Hawkers of the year for Cheshire on my patch, early but fully out and not teneral. Another excellent find was a male Banded Demoiselle, a species usually seen in singles on my patch and a patch scarcity with it having no running water. As well as these I recorded Downy Emerald, male Emperor, Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red-eyed Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly to make it 11 species of odonata which is the best single day this year! An unidentified Damselfly nymph was photographed in Big Pool.

Butterflies seen were 2 Large Skippers, Comma, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Large White and Small White.

Common Green Grasshopper and Brown-lipped Banded Snail were new species added to my 2023 patch list today.



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An afternoon visit in hot sunshine.

More butterflies than of late with the first 4 Meadow Browns of the year, a Common Blue, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Small Whites, a very tatty Comma and 2(1m) Brimstones.

The odonata list was much the same with 2 Downy Emeralds, a male Emperor, 3 Four-spotted Chasers, and the 5 common Damselflies.

A Sandy Carpet Moth was photographed.

A new bee was added : Forest Cuckoo Bumblebee, north of Big Pool.

Hoverflies included Pied Hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri), Syrphus ribesii and Melangyna labiatarum.

The striking Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata) was seen by the main track. A new weevil species, Polydrusus formosus, was seen near the main track too, near to a 2-spot Ladybird, 7-Spot Ladybird also being seen.

The Thick-headed Fly species Sicus ferrugineus was seen but was too quick to be photographed! A Scorpion Fly species Panorpa communis was again photographed.

White Campion is in flower everywhere at the moment looking superb.



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Another visit to Newchurch Common in the sweltering weather.

The first Large Skipper was found yesterday (3rd May) near Big Pool with another there today. Common Blue and Brimstone were the only other noteworthy species.

Another female Black-tailed Skimmer was found, this time east of Big Pool in the meadows. A male Emperor was again seen in the same area. Other species were as before but of note at least 5 Four-spotted Chasers were on Big Pool with ovipositing noted.

A count of 12 Grass Waves was made. Also seen were 6 Yellow-barred Longhorn Moths (Nemophora degeerella), a new species for the year, near Small Pool.

New bees for patch for the year were Red Mason Bee, Hawthorn Mining Bee and Ashy Mining Bee whilst an increase in Tree Bumblebees was noted.

A new hoverfly was Batman Hoverfly (Myathropa florea), whilst Parhelophilus frutetorum was again photographed by Big Pool. A Large Rose Sawfly was new for the patch.

Harlequin Ladybird (form conspicua) was seen. A Waterlouse was photographed underwater successfully and hundreds of unidentifiable fish fry are in the Big Pool margins.

Common Spotted Orchid is in flower.



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Newchurch Common am, scorchio:

A real odonata day with 10 species; a first for anywhere in 2023 in the shape of a f/imm Black-tailed Skimmer (on Shemmy Moss), as well as a male Emperor, 3 Downy Emeralds, at least 6 Four-spotted Chasers, including in cop and ovipositing, a Hairy Dragonfly, 100+Large Red-eyed Damselflies, 1000+ Common Blue Damselflies, 25 Azure Damselflies, 40 Large Red Damselflies and 30 Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Again not many butterflies with a male Brimstone the pick of the bunch.

at least 12 Grass Wave Moths were seen on Shemmy Moss.

Nice to be able to show 2 visitors around again.

 



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Originally posted by Paul Flackett yesterday:

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At nearby Mere Farm Quarry I found a Black-tailed Skimmerdragonfly. A first for me anywhere.

 



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A pm visit to Newchurch Common produced a few sightings.

Butterflies seen were Small Copper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White and Brimstone.

Odonata seen were Emperor, Downy Emerald, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Large Red-eyed Damselfly.

Moths recorded in Big Pool meadows were 2 Straw Dots, a Yellow Shell, a Scoparia ambigualis and a Sandy Carpet which were all new for the year, as well as 4 Cinnabars.

A Volucella bombylans and a Xanthogramma pedissequum were new hoverflies for the year. A Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen was watched constructing a nest and lots of Early Bumblebees, Red-tailed Bumblebees, Common Carder Bees and Honey Bees were still about.



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Two baby Hedgehogs in our garden this evening .
Possibly the cutest things I have ever seen.


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30-05-2023 - Lancs. Martin Mere WTO Met up with mates from school for a wander around part of our old haunts. 53 Species of bird recorded (on other thread)

Butterflies:
Brimstone -concentrations round the Buckthorn clumps around the reserve - at least a dozen counted
Peacock - at least 2
Small Tortoiseshell
Common Blue male and female
Holly Blue male
Speckled Wood - 4 minimum
several distant whites as well.

Common Blue Darters lots inc some tenerals
Emperor 1 male
Four-spot Chaser 1/2
Banded Demoiselles 4/5 males and 2 females on a stretch of stream near the Rees Hide

from the moth trap
Buff Ermine 2 males and 1 female
Treble Lines
Heart & Dart
Cinnabar Moth - plus several around the reserve
Peppered Moth -
plus a black 'brocade' type moth the volunteers couldn't remember (and neither could I!) possibly Knotgrass.

Among other things Brown Rat, Lesser Spearwort (plant tick for mesmile) an unusual Bramble -(forgot the scientific name-small flowers and little bud-like growths) and, to quote my botanist mate - "enough Hemlock Water Dropwort to eliminate the entire country" biggrin

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A brief visit to Newchurch Common for moth photography after failing yesterday, well my guests were more important than photos!

A new dragonfly was added, an Emperor on Small Pool. I also saw 1 Downy Emerald and 1 Hairy Dragonfly on Shemmy Moss. At least 50 Large Red-eyed Damselflies were on Small Pool.

Just 4 Grass Waves were on Shemmy Moss but I got my pictures. Also added for the year was Common Heath with at least 5 seen.

A new leaf beetle Plateumaris discolor was on a buttercup on Shemmy Moss and a new, quite scarce, Mirid Bug Calocoris alpestris was found in nettlebeds by the Whitegate Way.

Wild Cranberry is in flower on Shemmy Moss amongst the Polytrichum commune moss which has lots of sporophytes (reproductive parts of this moss) growing up from it.



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8.5hrs on Newchurch Common with a couple of guests. Hot sun again.

Highlights included:

A Common Lizard was on Shemmy Moss.

A total of 5 Downy Emeralds, 4 on Gull Pool including a female ovipositing and 1 by Shemmy Moss. A Hairy Dragonfly at Shemmy Moss.

Two Holly Blues were near the main track at the easternmost end of Big Pool.  A hatch of 12 Grass Waves on Shemmy Moss, a scarce Cheshire moth. Also on here a Clouded Drab Caterpillar and an Oak Eggar Caterpillar.

Bumblebees included Tree Bumblebee, Early Bumblebee, White-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder Bee.

Garden Chafer was again seen as well as Green Tiger Beetles. The sawfly Tenthreda livida was seen. Fine Streaked Bugkin (Miris striatus, a mirid bug) was new for the year as well. On Shemmy Moss Common Ground Hoppers were again seen.

The spider Selimus vittatus was on Shemmy Moss and was also new for the year and possibly a patch lifer.

Fox and Cubs, an attractive flower was out by Shemmy Moss.



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Mon 15th May - Fri 19th May.
Hafan-Y-Mor Holiday Park near Pwllheli, Ceredigion Bay.

A few early morning sea watches from came up trumps.

- Killer Whale (Lifer).
Clocked it in the bins with its tall dorsal fin then got it in the scope briefly but it disappeared. Ive since been advised its an adult bull and likely one of 2 remaining individuals of the West Coast pod that havent been seen for some weeks.

Then sightings appeared either in the same view and others within a minute or so.
- 1 Minke Whale
- 1 good probable Rissos Dolphin
- 2 Bottlenose Dolphins
- plenty of Grey Seals

On the beach we saw..
- a huge Barrel Jellyfish
- a Sea Potato

Another good Mammal sighting were the Bats near the entertainment complex.
A few small Pipistrelle sp. flying aroundy but then I noticed some larger individuals swooping near the pedlow lake. Oh hello I thought, these could well be Daubentons Bats.
Next morning I noticed a sign outside the site stating that Daubentons Bats were on the site so I was happy with that.


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Neumanns Flash Cheshire:

Butterflies : 1 Dinghy Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Brimstone and numerous Common Blues.

Damselflies : 1 Banded Demoiselle (By the path leading to Pods Hide).

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YESTERDAY 25th MAY 2023 :

An all day walk in the hot sun produced several non-bird records.

A Common Lizard was seen shooting off into the dead bracken on Shemmy Moss.

In total 2 Downy Emeralds and 2 Hairy Dragonflies were seen, coincidentally in both cases one individual was at Big Pool and one was at Shemmy Moss! Still 1000+Common Blue Damselflies , and now 25 Azure Damselflies. A poor butterfly day though.

A Cinnabar moth was in the meadows north of Big Pool, the first of the year. Also in these meadows were at least 3 Meadow Grey (Scoparia pyralella) moths. A Grey Gorse Piercer moth (Cydia ulicetana) was on Shemmy Moss.

A Hornet was near the main track only 200m inside the barriers. A Red-tailed Bumblebee was with the Early Bumblebees on the edge of Shemmy Moss. A re-identification, from photos, of the hoverfly by Big Pool yesterday to Parhelophilus frutetorum. Also seen was a Blacklet Hoverfly species (Cheilosia albitarsis/ranuncculi agg).

Plenty of Scorpion Flies (Panorpa communis) were seen, including one sucking the insides of a damselfly out as it fed on it. A Dagger Fly  of the species Empis tessellata was on Big Pool meadows as was a Snipe Fly species Rhagio scolopaceous.

Yellow Iris are in flower by Big Pool.



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Had an afternoon walk in the sun on Newchurch Common, Cheshire. Stayed around Big Pool.

Just 7sp of butterfly : Red Admiral, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Large White, Small White and Green-veined White.

A cracking 9sp of odonata : 2 Hairy Dragonflies (1st for 2023), a Broad-bodied Chaser (1st for 2023), 1 Downy Emerald, 3 Four-spotted Chasers, 2000+ Common Blue Damselflies, 1 Large Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Large Red Damselflies and 6 Azure Damselflies.

Also seen, and all new for the year, were the hoverfly Parhelophilus versicolor, Early Bumblebees, 14-Spot Ladybird, Swollen-thighed Beetles (Oedema nobilis), Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus) and Bramble Sawfly (Arge cyanocrocea).



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Birkdale Saltmarsh & Sea Buckthorn thickets. Afternoon visit.

Butterflies : 7+ Wall Brown, 3 Small Heath and a single male Common Blue.

Damselflies : 3 Blue-Tailed and 1 Common Blue.

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Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB 11.00-14.30

The only butterfly I could find today around the reserve, apart from several cabbage whites (The area is a brassica eaters heaven),

was a single female Common Blue.



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I led a small walk on my Newchurch Common patch today, mainly for photographers wanting a particular species.

That species was Downy Emerald and with my 'inside' patch knowledge I led my group to an area where they were able to get pictures of perched individuals and even mating pairs. In the end we had 8 Downy Emeralds, 7 on Shemmy Moss and 1 at Gull Pool, this included 2 pairs 'in cop' too. A first for the year was provided by 80 Large Red-eyed Damselflies this afternoon on Small Pool. Also seen were around 60 Large Red Damselflies and 120 Common Blue Damselflies. Only about 3 Azure Damselflies were seen as well as 2 Four-spotted Chasers.

A Small Tortoiseshell on Shemmy Moss may have been my first on patch this year. Also seen were Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Peacock, Comma and Brimstone.

A hatch of Garden Chafers was seen, the first of the year too.



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Another walk on my Newchurch Common Patch.

Several butterflies but none new, a male Brimstone east of Big Pool was nice.

At least 3 Downy Emeralds were seen, they are well and truly out now. Also 2 Four-spotted Chasers were on Shemmy Moss. A Blue-tailed Damselfly was on Newchurch Common and at least 100 Common Blue Damselflies were still by the main track between the pools.

A couple of new moth species were added to my patch list. A Mother Shipton moth was on Shemmy Moss and a Satellite moth caterpillar was on the track between Big and Small Pools. A mating pair of Cream Waves was found near the main track too.

The soldier beetles previously seen on Shemmy Moss were photographed more clearly and a positive ID of Cantharis rustica was made. Red-and-Black Froghopper was again seen. There are still good numbers of Green Tiger Beetles on Shemmy Moss.



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17th May 2023 on my Cheshire Newchurch Patch:

I had my first Common Blue Butterfly, on Shemmy Moss.

I also had my first Azure Damselfly, seen near Gull Pool. A fem Downy Emerald was seen perched up near Small Pool on Newchurch Common. A massive count of 400 Common Blue Damselflies was made near Big Pool.

A new plant for me on patch or anywhere was Fringecups, near Small Pool.



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Butterflies : 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Peacock and 3m Orange Tips.

Moths : Numerous Common Heaths.

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A walk on Newchurch Common in the sunshine yesterday morning : 14th MAY 2023

I had my first Small Copper of the year, on Shemmy Moss, a late (for here) Green Hairstreak looking very tatty was also seen here. Also seen were Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White and Orange-tip.

I also had my first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year, this time near Big Pool Island Cut. Also around Big Pool were at least 75 Common Blue Damselflies. Over on Shemmy Moss were around 12 Four-spotted Chasers and 2 Large Red Damselflies.

Two carpet moth species were new for the year, namely Silver-ground Carpet and Common Carpet.

The sun brought out lots of other invertebrates which included a couple of new beetles for this year. The most stunning of these was the striking Red-headed Cardinal Beetle on the main track near the barriers. Also seen were a couple of Athous haemorrhoidalis Click Beetles, on Shemmy Moss where the Soldier Beetle Cantharis fusca (probable ID) was also seen. The Red and Black Froghopper was seen in a couple of areas on nettles. A striking Tachina fera fly was by Big Pool Island Cut, an annual find mainly in this very location.

The interesting plant sighting of the day was the strange Springbeauty, which has flowers emerging from the centre of round leaves.



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Wednesday May 10 Bempton cliffs RSPCA Along with the millions of seabirds I was lucky to see two Bottle nosed dolphins very close in heading north closely followed by six more heading South. While I was watching the six go out of view another eight more heading south appeared including three which kept jumping out of the water. A great couple of hours.

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Had a morning walk on my Newchurch Common patch, despite the rain I still got some good sightings.

I found my first Common Lizard of the year on Shemmy Moss.

Best lepidoptera record was a late instar Oak Eggar catterpillar, this was at least 8cm long, a real beast! A couple of butterfly species were on the wing, namely Orange-tip and Green-veined White.

Another great record was my first Downy Emerald dragonfly, flying along the Whitegate Way near Gull Pool. Also seen was a Large Red damselfly.

A new Nomad Bee (Nomada leucophthalma) was seen as well as an Early Bumblebee. The hoverfly Leucozona lucorum was photographed.

The beetle Cytilus sericeus on Shemmy Moss was new for patch whilst lots of Byturus ochraceus were again feeding  in flower heads.

A Metellina mengai spider was on the edge of Shemmy Moss. A group of White-lipped Snails were in the same area.

A Scurfy Twiglet mushroom was on Shemmy Moss. Herb Robert is in flower across my patch.



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In the past week at Newchurch Common, my Cheshire local patch I have had a bumper week for non-bird sightings.

Today I found a large female Grass Snake basking on dead bracken on Shemmy Moss and watched her for a while before she gently slithered off.

A few new butterflies for the year were added, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and Large White, with others seen being Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Peacock and Comma.

A first for the year today was a Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly, with 2  teneral Common Blue Damselflies being new on 4th May and Large Red Damselflies flying throughout.

A new moth was added for the year today, namely at least 6 Brown Silver-lines, Common Heath moths were still present. A new micromoth for the year was the longhorn Adela reaumurella (May 4th).

For beetles a 2-spot Ladybird was new as were Brassy Willow Beetle, Byturus ochraceus, Nalassus laevioctostriatus and Poecilus cupreus. Hairy Shieldbug was also seen and was an addition to my yearlist as was the Strawberry Root Weevil Otiorhynchus ovatus and Nettle Weevil. Common Groundhopper was on Shemmy Moss again as were hordes of Green Tiger Beetles including mating pairs.

Other new species were Orange-tailed Mining Bee, Common Bee Wasp and Gooden's Nomad Bee. The hoverfly Syrphus vitripennis was seen. Dark-edged Bee-fly was again photographed. An Alder Fly was seen as well as a non-biting midge (Stenochironomus sp.) and Yellow Dung Fly.

New spiders were Pardosa amentata, Cucumber Green Orb Spider and a Metellina segmentata.

A totally new fungus for me was Sphagnum Greyling on Shemmy Moss. The rust fungus Melampsora caprearum was seen too.

Lots of new plants were added in this period; Bulbous Buttercup, Field Buttercup, Germander Speedwell, Field Forget-me-Not, Wood Forget-me-Not, Red Campion, Green Alkanet, Field Pansy, Common Stork's-bill, Comfrey, Dog Violet and Wood Sage.

 



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Point of Ayr RSPB Reserve

In the area around the hide this afternoon were :

1 Speckled Wood and 3 male Orange Tip Butterflies plus a mystery orange coloured fly.

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My first May walk of the year on my Newchurch Common patch was pretty productive.

Butterflies seen were Green-veined White, Orange-tip and Green Hairstreak. At least 10 Common Heath moths were seen on Shemmy Moss today.

A Leucozona lucorum hoverfly was new for the year. Lots of St.Mark's Flies were on the wing.

Common Pond Skaters were on the mossland pools and a Pirata piraticus wolf spider was on Shemmy Moss too.

Lots of Green Tiger Beetles were again seen on Shemmy Moss.

The moss specialist fungus Mountain Brownie (Entoloma sericeum) was growing from the sphagnum on Shemmy Moss.

Dove's-foot Cranes-bill was in flower.



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A walk in the sunshine on Newchurch Common.

A few baby Rabbits were the first young ones of the year.

A Great Crested Newt was under a log next to the Whitegate Way still, I thought they'd all be in the ponds by now.

Green Hairstreaks and a Peacock butterfly were seen. My first 2 Common Heath Moths were on Shemmy Moss.

I had my first Large Red Damselfly today also on Shemmy Moss.
 
A Eupeodes corollae hoverfly was by Shemmy Moss. An Early Bumblebee was here too and an Early Nomad Bee was near Small Pool by a mining bee colony which it is a parasite of. A Yellow-legged Mining Bee was also by Shemmy Moss. A Dark-edged Bee-fly was on Shemmy Moss.
 
A Long-jawed Orb-weaver (Tetragnatha extensa) was on Shemmy Moss.
 
A completely new species for patch was a huge Leopard Slug.
 
Plants new for the year included Wood Sorrell, Greater Celendine, Garlic Mustard and Bilberry (first time on Shemmy Moss).
 
 
 


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Moore Nature Reserve 09.00-13.00

(The track along the North bank of the ship canal from the swing bridge to Halfway House plus Moss Side area).

In contrast to my visit on 7th April when butterflies were seen in profusion, today all could find was a solitary Speckled Wood.

Mammals were represented by a single Bank Vole that crossed the path at Halfway House.

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Moore Nature Reserve Midday walk

Butterflies : 1m Orange Tip and 1 Peacock.

Also a few St Mark's Flies seen around the open area near the feeding station, and several Alder Leaf

Beetles observed in the woodlands.


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A walk on Newchurch Common in drizzle this morning.

A Harvestman, Rilaena triangularis, was recorded, this species is often called the Spring Harvestman as it is the only adult Harvestman active at this time of year.

The first Bluebells were in flower by the main track, and even though they are in a very early stage they look like Spanish Bluebells rather than native or hybrid ones.

 





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A nip down to Newchurch Common in the heavy rain today produced a nice group of St.George's Mushrooms (Calocybe gambosa), just emerged and not far from St.George's Day when they are traditionally supposed to be first seen!



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A late afternoon walk on my Newchurch Common Patch. Dull and cool.

A three amphibian species day with the best being a Palmate Newt on Shemmy Moss, a Common Toad and 5 Smooth Newts were at Gull Pool.

The ground beetles Nebria brevicollis and Pterostichus nigrita were in Gull Pool Wood where 2 carabid larvae were photographed but can't be IDed down to species. A Seven-Spot Ladybird was on Sandy Lane.

White Dead-Nettle is out on Sandy Lane.



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All day on my Newchurch Common Patch produced some excellent sightings.

Top of the lot was a Water Shrew on Shemmy Moss, a fantastic species to see. Other than that both Grey Squirrel and Rabbit made it a 3 mammal day!

At Gull Pool 4 Smooth Newts and Frogspawn made up the amphibian count.

All butterflies were seen on Shemmy Moss and were the years first 3m Orange-tips, at least 4 Commas, 3 Peacocks, 2m Brimstones and a very impressive 30 Green Hairstreaks.

Amongst several bees seen two were new for the year and both were on Shemmy Moss, a queen White-tailed Bumblebee and a Common Carder Bee. The hoverfly Eupeodes luniger was also on Shemmy Moss.

Yet again on Shemmy Moss 8 Green Tiger Beetles, supercharged in the sun!

 



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Moore Nature Reserve 11.00-15.00

(The track along the North bank of the ship canal from the swing bridge to Halfway House plus Moss Side area).

The sun brought out butterflies galore, lots of Brimstones, male Orange Tips and Small Tortoiseshells plus 3 Commas,

2 Peacocks, 3 Speckled Woods and 2 Large Whites. A Devils Coach-horse was seen by the track at one point, and a

Stoat crossed the path at Moss Side.

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