31.10.15.

Saturday.

The last day of October was surprisingly sunny and mild. It also turned up two new moths to add to my list. The 1st moth was this Sprawler….

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The other I had a bit of luck with. I needed to use the toilet on my way home and found this Juniper Carpet inside the public toilets at The Wardens Office. It can be awkward carrying a camera into toilets. But in the name of Wildlife it must be done…

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There were also 2 very different looking November Moths again. I still find these very tricky to ID…

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This is the new Bird Feeding Station by The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Office. The Wardens were going to help some local children put the food out today. So lets hope some of the children turn into budding naturalists…IMG_5557As yet this is an unidentified Snail. But I would guess it maybe a Strawberry Snail…

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Also unidentified was this Bee. With the naked eye it looked very yellow. But on inspection of my photos, it looked covered with pollen….

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Distant male Bullfinch eating the Rowan berries. I was shocked at how many of the Rowan trees had been totally stripped of their berries….

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23.10.15.

Friday.

Cool and Grey.

I had a nice surprise this morning when I was checking out the Rowan trees opposite The Wardens Office. I was actually looking for Redwing and Fieldfare. I had already photographed both thrush species, when out the middle of one of the Rowans popped this beautiful male Brambling. Luckily both Cobs and Gary just pulled up on the car park to share the experience. Must admit I’ve seen Brambling over the years numerous times. But its always a great highlight of any winter. I noticed with this male it was only taking the old over ripe berries….

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Also in the same Rowan trees where 15 Redwing, unluckily all on the opposite side of the tree. I only managed a photo of this one, about to eat a berry…

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This Fieldfare was a little more obliging for photos. There were 6 Fieldfare at The Wardens Office. All eating numerous berries….

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On the main Common today, I counted 20+ Redwing and 10+ Fieldfare. All the while the local Mistle Thrushes were complaining. Other birds seen were 2 Stock Dove, 1 Marsh Tit, and a female Sparrowhawk.

Not a great photo, but also very interested in the Thrush flocks was this Common Buzzard perched high up in a Silver Birch and scanning for a possible easy meal…

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Birch Polypore…

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At the top and bottom of the Heathland Corridor in the red sand areas, I’m getting very interested in whats making these holes. Most of the numerous freshly made holes stand about 2 inches tall…

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22.10.15.

Thursday.

What a totally different day to yesterday. This morning was sunny, and quite mild.

As usual started the morning off checking the Wardens Office out for moths. Under the one light was this beautiful Mottled Umber…IMG_5037 IMG_5071IMG_5069

I do believe both these moths are November Moths. But I am getting this checked out. The lighter moth seems slightly more patterned, than the light form of this moth is normally…

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White-lipped Banded Snail….

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I also went on a Health and Safety route walk with Cobs (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Warden) today. Here Cobs is reporting a branch thats about to fall, in Hazel Alley….

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On our walk we spotted this distant Buzzard just taking off…

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The numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing where similar to the other day, with 4 Fieldfare and 8 Redwing feeding on the Rowans over by the Island Pool (Note the Redwing to the left of the 3 Fieldfare)….

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One of the 8 Redwing in flight…

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Its been a while since I saw my last Smooth Newt, so I think this was my highlight of the day. Also thanks to Cobs for finding it, and her company on the walk….

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21.10.15.

Wednesday.

It was a very rainy morning, so I decided to only check for moths at the Wardens Office.

It did turn up 2 moths. This is a Feathered Thorn. This is only the 2nd Feathered Thorn I have ever seen. Its also the 6th Thorn species I’ve seen this year….

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The only other moth I saw was Unidentified…..

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19.10.15.

Monday.

Another cool and dull day.

Only one species of moth at the Wardens Office today. With 4 November Moths present….

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It was nice to see winter thrushes turning up on HC this morning. Both Redwing (10) and these 2 Fieldfares were feeding on Rowan Berries near the Island Pool. Unfortunately the Redwing took off before I got close enough for a photo….

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Also feeding on the Rowan was a male Blackbird….

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Unidentified Fungi. Photographed in the Heathland Corridor….

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Distant Green Woodpecker also photographed up the Heathland Corridor…

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18.10.15.

Sunday.

Although mild for the time of year. It is feeling colder now.

No moths at the Wardens Office today!

Not sure if it was the colder conditions, but there didn’t seem much wildlife to photograph at all. I did manage another Wren photo….

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I also spotted this juvenile Sparrowhawk hiding in a tree. It was a shame I had no clear path through the trees to get a better photo….

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17.10.15.

Saturday.

Feeling cooler than yesterday, and not much sun about today.

I can’t believe I found my second new moth in just two days. Todays new moth is called a Streak, and it had settled on one of the Wardens Office lights. Strange thing was I had finished looking, and was just walking off, when I noticed the moth out the corner of my eye. The other moth on the light is what I believe is a very dark November Moth…

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There were 6 November Moths this morning, with this one at eye level, which makes my life a lot easier….

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The Green-brindled Crescent was still there. Decided to photograph it early morning and dinner time. Mainly did this to see if I could get good results of the metallic green on its wings. The difference in light is amazing….

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Unidentified Lava…

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Caddis Fly…..

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Great Tit…

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Robin…

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Blue Tit…

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Long-tailed Tit…

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Wren…

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Great-spotted Woodpecker….

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I also went with Ken round the farm, which is only up the road from HC. The highlight had to be a Grey Wagtail that dropped in….

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Coal Tit…

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Moorhens…

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Distant Treecreeper…

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