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Lower Healey 10.9.11

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Lower Healey 10.9.11

Post by Neil Southworth » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:54 pm

Still quiet at Lower Healey with very little in the air. Full sightings:-

Cormorant over, pair Mute Swan and 2 cygnets, hybrid goose, pair Tufted Duck, Mallard 19, Coot 4, Moorhen, BH Gull and LBB Gull over, Woodpigeon, GS Pecker, Meadow Pipit, Swallow 5 over, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Blue, Great, Coal and LT Tit (min12), Nuthatch, Jay 3, Magpie, Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 7, Siskin
Insects:- Speckled Wood, Small White
Flora:- plant with small white flowers similar to Japanese Knotweed, but on bindweed stems with small leaves, which I have identified as Copse Bindweed - I don't thinK I've seen it before. Is it common, anyone?

Also in Lyons Lane ca 50 Starling attacking a Rowan - there's going to be nothing left for Waxwings at that rate!

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Post by duxbury rambler » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:15 am

Copse Bindweed - Fallopia dumetorum a scarce plant Neil never seen it myself but a great find and record if it is. Would love a look and some photos. Was there any seed on it?

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Post by Neil Southworth » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:07 am

Carol,

It was alongside the path between Top and Bottom Lodge at Lower Healey, in the hedgerow below Top Lodge. When I saw the flowers I assumed it was Japanese Knotweed, but when I looked closer, I realised it was some kind of bindweed. You can't miss it because there's quite a lot. I would appreciate a confirmation or correction of id.

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Post by duxbury rambler » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:06 pm

Thanks Neil, we will have a look later this week - :D

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Post by duxbury rambler » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:42 pm

Not Copse Bindweed Neil but its cousin Russian Vine. As you said plenty of it - nice find.

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Post by Neil Southworth » Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:10 pm

I take it that it's a garden escape then? And perhaps the next big pest - pretty though it is?

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Post by duxbury rambler » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:12 am

Yes an escapee Neil, it is very pretty as for being a pest I have seen it in various places and there was never any problem, look on the bright side it could strangle the life out of the surrounding balsam :wink:

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