Monthly Archives: June 2014

Turvin Clough 27.06.2014

This juvenile Jay (Garrulus glandarius) nearly landed on Basil and myself as we walked up the clough. It flew down right in front of us and landed making lots of noise. At first I thought it might be a parent bird protecting its young as it was jumping and squawking so much. It showed no fear of us at all and flew back up to this branch and sat very happily and I was able to take some photographs. With it behaving like this, its days may be numbered as it would make an easy meal for any predator.

Small Balsam (Impatiens parviflora). The is a small patch of this near Church Bank Lane. It looks very similar to Himalayan Balsam but is much smaller and has pale yellow flowers. 

2014-06-29T09:59:00+01:00June 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Turvin Clough 27.06.2014

I walked up Turvin Clough with Basil and I found a few fungi along the way.

Amanita excelsa var.spissa – above and four below.

It is a short and squat fungus that is covered with greyish warts on the cap. It has a bulbous base and lacks the gutter like upper margin when compared with Amanita pantherina.

White gills.

One key feature in identification is the striated upper surface of the ring on the stem.

Spores 8-10 x 5.5-7 microns.

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) growing on oak – above and two below.

Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis)

Red circular pores – above and below.

Stem and pores bruise deep blue when handled.

Stem covered with tiny red dots, not reticulated.
Spores spindle shaped, 12.1-15.4 x 4.5-6 microns.
2014-06-28T21:32:00+01:00June 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Long Lane Fungi 24.06.2014

Continuing from the Long Lane post on the Wildlife Blog, here are the fungi that Peachysteve and I found in the meadows and woodland.

Egghead Mottlegill (Panaeolus semiovatus). We found two growing on some dung in the grazed meadows.

Mottled gills.

Note the ring on the stems.

Variable shaped cheilocystidia- above and below.

Blusher (Amanita rubescens). It had seen better days.

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) – above and below.

2014-06-28T12:41:00+01:00June 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Common Cow-wheat – Milner/Beestones Wood

I noticed Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense)
growing in the lower part of Milner and Beestones woods a few weeks ago.
 I went back today to see if I could catch them in flower
A delicate plant with yellow trumpet shaper flowers
growing in pairs from the leaf axils
When I’ve seen this before there have been a few scattered plants
In this wood they stretch on and on
 On the far side of the wood I found some Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea)
This seems to be the last of the stitchworts to come into flower
 Petals are deeply divided
 The long thin stems and narrow leaves make this hard to see among the grass
2014-06-26T14:32:00+01:00June 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Long Lane, Sowerby Bridge 24.06.2014

Peachysteve and myself found this very attractive Elephant Hawk-moth resting on the grass at the side of the lane. At first we thought it was dead because the piece of grass appeared to be growing through its thorax but it was just buried within its thick body hair. We also disturbed a Yellow Shell moth in the hay meadows above.
Yellow Shell (Camptogramma Bilineata). 

Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor).

My photos above and Steve’s below.
2014-06-24T21:17:00+01:00June 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Recent finds at Copley Redevelopment Site

I went yesterday to see if I could find the Common Centaury
I’ve seen in previous years.
I couldn’t find them in the usual place but found some elsewhere.
Once my eye was in I found that there were many exactly
where I had searched earlier without success.
Common Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)
Ali was leaving as I got there and directed me to the Bee Orchids
which were great to see
On the way back I saw that the pansies had appeared again.
Mountain Pansy (Viola lutea)
I often see Monkey Flowers in this area but had never noticed
this massive stand of them by the weir.
 Hybrid Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus x luteus = M. x robertsii)
Other interesting finds;
A number of Narrow Leaved Ragwort which has very narrow leaves and purple tipped bracts
Narrow-leaved Ragwort (Senecio inaequidens)
Common Cudweed (Filago vulgaris) very small but all over the site
A large daisy with pointed toothed leaves
This large showy daisy is a garden escape with a superb Latin name
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

2014-06-24T17:34:00+01:00June 24th, 2014|0 Comments
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