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RE: Garden wildlife sightings


After the sighting of a badger the night before last, last night one of our hibernating hedgehogs made an appearance.



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First time for a badger in our back garden last night. He ruined a few fence panels but I'd already earmarked them for replacement. I can only assume he was confused or disoriented and was looking for ways out.

 

 



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Obviously due to the unseasonably mild conditions at least one of the three regularly visiting Hedgehogs have come out of hibernation and been helping themselves to the cat food & biscuits.

Last week I mistakenly bought a pack of dog food!! & apparently they like that even better so as long as the mild spell continues they will be having a feast every night.

Shocked to learn though that their average lifespan is only 2 to 3 years but so glad to be helping this now endangered species.



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In our Stockport garden, new leaf growth appearing on our hawthorn hedge today this is seven days earlier than last year.

Tulip and Daffodil growth also well under way.



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Its the 31st December and a butterfly (probably Peacock or Small Tortoishell) has just flown over my Irlam garden in the early afternoon sunshine!confuse

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11/12/19 10.30

Frog croaking heard in a garden pond in Heaton Chapel, Stockport.........it is December  



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With the help of Google I identified an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar in our Hale garden this afternoon, about 6cm long, quite a monster. Never seen one previously and was surprised to read that they are quite common in the UK.



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Lots of Painted Lady on the buddleia in our garden. Minimum of 10 at any one time. Also at least two Large White, 3 Peacock and a Comma

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At least 8 Painted Lady on the buddleia in our Openshaw garden. Seems there is a once in a decade eruption of this species at the moment coming through the country.



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Female Roesel's Bush Cricket in our Leigh, Lilford garden yesterday. Apparently this is the first ever record for Greater Manchester (per the GMLRU). It's a fairly common species in the south and east, but like a lot of things, it's spreading northwards.


OMG (as they say), what a record. You are indeed a very fortunate person. When I was out walking the local moors yesterday, I kept seeing bugs jump out of the way and I thought of this species as I knew it is spreading. Now I'm going to have to look even harder at the ground.



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How can a day with peacock (3), red admiral, comma, small tortoiseshell and painted lady all in the garden be bad (this morning, obviously)!



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Female Roesel's Bush Cricket in our Leigh, Lilford garden yesterday. Apparently this is the first ever record for Greater Manchester (per the GMLRU). It's a fairly common species in the south and east, but like a lot of things, it's spreading northwards.

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Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge.

Butterflies this afternoon

Comma
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood
Gatekeeper
Ringlet
Meadow Brown
Green-veined White
Small White

An adult and juvenile Hedgehog in the garden last night was a very satisfying sight

A Small Skipper fluttering across Ashton Market, at 3.30 this afternoon, was a very unusual record

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Female Black Darter dragonfly in my Irlam garden today. First record.
Also Holly Blue butterfly again.

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Reporting through this thread as Bramhall does not have one for other wildlife. My brother had a dark-green fritillary nectaring in a Bramhall garden (where he was working) this afternoon, a pretty extraordinary record for Stockport.



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Holly Blue butterfly in my Irlam garden this morning.

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I rescued a Small Skipper butterfly from my kitchen this evening and released it. This is a new butterfly species for my Irlam garden.

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First fox cub of the year in our Stockport garden at 13.10 today.



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Butterflies in my Irlam garden today:
1 Holly Blue
1 Brimstone
1 Large White

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My first Orange Tip butterfly of the year in flight today in a Stockport garden.



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Nursery web spider in our Openshaw garden this afternoon.



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We have a total of four hedgehogs visiting our garden. There are two others in the Rochdale Hedgehog rescue centre, to be picked up and released soon. Better oder some more food.

 

Link to two of our visitors fighting over food, last night. https://youtu.be/LfnjfRQ1RmU



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Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee, in our Openshaw courtyard garden.



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4 frogs croaking and splashing about in our Hale garden pond for the past couple of days.



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We had a hedgehog last night. Possibly the mild weather brought it out of hibernation.

 

Link to video  https://youtu.be/_GymxTFkqKg



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A first for our Openshaw courtyard garden, a Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)



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A pretty worn Small Copper butterfly in my Astley garden around midday today.



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A Migrant Hawker dragonfly spent about 10 mins in and around my Irlam garden at noon today and seen to catch a few flies in mid flight. A garden first.

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We have many Green shield Bugs in our Hale garden this year, possibly there in previous years but not noticed them wink



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Nice first for my Chorlton garden just, in the shape of a common blue perched up on my clothes line.

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As with Vic a Humming bird Hawk Moth in my Kearsley garden

yesterday.Also too slow with the camera .


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Originally posted today by Vic Chatterton:

ummingbird Hawk-moth in my garden near Hyde Hospital, Gee Cross at 9.40am feeding on phlox. Unfortunately it flew off at a great rate of knots just as I was about to click the camera shutter



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I managed to get a few pictures of one of our resident hedgehogs last night. This is a female but so far she hasn't brought any youngsters with her.



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Holly Blue in my Irlam garden this afternoon.

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Just been watching a fox, possibly a female in our Hale garden.  It could have been looking to drink from our pond but was very nervous and didn't stay long.



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A total of 27 Large Whites, a single Painted Lady and a Brown Hawker moved through my Whitefield garden on Saturday afternoon!

Some of the large whites were moving very high up and only picked up with bins! Really was impressive




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Yes Simon, quite impressed with the numbers of large White butterflys through our Hale garden today as well.



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Seems to be a decent movement of large Whites today several moving through my Whitefield Garden

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1 Ringlet in my Bredbury garden.

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30/6/2018 Dukinfield

Whilst sitting in the garden waiting for bats to appear this evening a large hawker type dragonfly flew between a couple of trees for a few seconds, probaly about 20 foot up. The time was 22:10, I cant recall seeing a dragonfly on the wing after sunset before.

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Despite having no real interest in moths as such, I couldn't ignore the rather impressive (for a non-moth person anyway) Elephant Hawk Moth which found its way into my Astley conservatory this morning. Beautiful colours on its underparts in particular.

 

 



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Holly Blue active today in Irlam guarded. Seen a few (or same one) regularly this last couple of weeks.

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Cinnabar moth in my Astley garden this morning.



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The Wasps are coming!!!! Several Queens around our Hale garden/shed in today's sunshine.



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1 Common Blue butterfly in my Irlam Garden this afternoon.
Also a huge queen Red-tailed Bumblebee in my kitchen. Slightly blurred photo attached.

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We are getting regular visits from hedgehogs now in our Harwood, Bolton garden.



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A couple of Bumble Bees buzzing around our Hale garden in the sunshine this afternoon - presumably queens looking to set up home.



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Tuesday night skinner moth trap attempt in Atherton - net result 1 x common quaker and 1 x early grey



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Brimstone and two Small Tortoiseshells in my Astley garden this afternoon. 



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1 Brimstone butterfly in my Irlam garden this afternoon and 2 in a Cadishead garden this morning.

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