Saturday, 27 May 2017

A visitor to the kitchen!

This morning a Light Brown Apple Moth was in the kitchen. I took a photo before releasing him or her of course.....
Light Brown Apple Moth

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Montpelier Station

While waiting for the train this morning I noted my first Rose Chafer of the year on some Hogweed on the other side of the tracks, a Tree Bumblebee and a couple of Harlequin Ladybirds.
Rose Chafer

Harlequin Ladybird

Tree Bumblebee

Monday, 22 May 2017

Montpelier Park

Don't get excited, there wasn't much happening in the park this morning apart from a Harlequin Ladybird, a Tree Bumblebee and an Early Bumblebee. A couple of Blackbirds were the most exciting birds.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Butterfly Bonanza!

While waiting for the train this morning I spent a happy half an hour watching the butterflies on the disused platform - 5 species were counted - a Brimstone, a couple of Orange-tips, a few Large Whites, a Small White and my first Common Blue of the year! On the Hogweed were Thick-thighed Flower Beetles and a Myathropa florea hoverfly.

Myathropa florea and Thick-thighed Flower Beetles

Common Blue

A Cinnabar Moth was flying around the front garden but typically didn't settle for a photo.

A Goldfinch sang from an aerial outside my bathroom window this morning.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Montpelier Station

More Swift news - a veritable swarm of distant birds numbering some 15 this morning - lovely stuff. Also a couple of  Collared Doves, a fly-over Jay, young Starlings heard and a pair of adults seen. Several Wood Avens flowers on show near the tunnel.
Wood Avens

Collared Dove

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


I was away last week and missed the first Swifts of the spring to grace the Montpelier skies, so this morning I made a point of looking for them at the station. There were distant ones numbering 5 or 6 towards Cheltenham Road, a couple above the station and a couple more in the other direction towards Richmond Road. Fab to watch them soaring and swooping. Also a couple of Starlings at the station and a singing Blackcap.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

St Andrews Park!

A few hoverflies in the park including a Sphaerophoria sp. and several Marmalade flies. An Early Bumblebee was my first of the year but evaded my camera. A 14-spot Ladybird was basking on a leaf.

A patch of Yellow Rattle was showing well in the meadow area, and a Coal Tit was singing nearby.
14-spot Ladybird

Marmalade Fly

Yellow Rattle

Sphaerophoria sp.