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RE: Atherton area (other wildlife)


Wednesday 15th Feb: a queen Tree Bumblebee was making the most of the morning sun, on the trunk of a Lombardy Poplar at Douglas Street Playing Fields

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Cutacre Country Park (North of the Railway)

As my search for birds was very quiet I was really pleasantly surprised to stumble upon 2 Stoats near to Swan Lake one of which stood up squealing facing me less than 20 yards away in some grass, the other seen some 50 yards away bounding through short grass.

Typically as I lifted my camera the one stood up bolted. 



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Windy conditions on my walk today, the large rough grassland adjacent to the Bus Route (Colliers Wood area) contained numerous bee orchid amongst the marsh, also here my first record of ringlet butterflies in this locality - lots of them too



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A Weasel was in Central Park this morning. I was surprised to see it in there, seemed quite an urban site, albeit the park is fairly large and close to allotments and a cemetery. I wondered whether it had been displaced by large earthworks on the development site just downhill at Bee Fold Lane

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Hummingbird hawk moth nectaring on lavender in the garden this morning



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Hawker dragonfly (didn't get close enough view for a positive ID) active along Bee Fold Lane

Two spikes of bee orchid in Colliers Wood area

Weasel quickly across the footpath in the woodland between Fred Longworth School and Squires Lane



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Single bee orchid spike along the train line stretch towards Millers Lane end - saw over half a dozen along this stretch last summer



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Yellow shell moth disturbed in the grass along the train lines (Bee Fold - Millers Lane stretch)



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Poplar hawkmoth in the garden moth trap overnight



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Large red damselfly and grey gorse piercer tortrix on the walk today



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Mating pair of ruby tiger moths in my garden



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Another dark-edged bee-fly yesterday along with plenty of orange-tip and peacock. Buff-tailed and red-tailed bumbles much in evidence also

 

First speckled wood of the year for me in the woods behind Fred Longworth's



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Dark-edged bee fly feeding on cuckooflower behind Atherton Town FC's ground



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Brimstone, orange tip, peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies in evidence this PM. Also four or five gorse shieldbugs on a large bush of the same near the Coolin Lane bus route stretch



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Purple hairstreak in the oak trees along Millers Lane / old train lines this afternoon



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hi Andy

no problems - am new to the moth trapping so your guidance much appreciated! Check before posting in future the motto

thanks again!



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Jeff Gorse wrote:

overnight Skinner moth trap

1x early grey

2 x phoenix

1 x red carpet

3 x snout


 Jeff,

Don't wish to doubt your i.d. skills, but phoenix does not fly until July-August: you have probably caught small phoenix. Also red carpet is not on the wing until mid-June and, unless you were trapping in moorland, you would not get them in the garden, for instance. For this species I would suggest flame carpet. I apologise if I am intruding with these observations.

Cheers,

Andy

 



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overnight Skinner moth trap

1x early grey

2 x phoenix

1 x red carpet

3 x snout



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Overnight Skinner moth trap

1 x chocolate-tip

1 x red carpet

2 x common quaker

1 x ruddy streak



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Overnight skinner moth trap

3 x common quaker, 2 x early grey, 1 x Hebrew character, 1 x twin-spot quaker, 1 x powdered quaker



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Overnight skinner moth trap

4 x early grey, 3 x common quaker, 2 x Hebrew character, 1 x clouded drab, 1 x plume moth Amblyptilia punctidactyla 



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Apologies if this thread already started, couldn't spot it though

Afternoon walk in glorious conditions. Weasel along Millers Lane, ruby tiger moth caterpillar near the bus route footpath



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