Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Ivy Bees!

This morning near the station it was all happening with several Ivy Bees - my first of the year - along with a couple of Honey Bees, a Common Wasp, a Dock-leaf Bug and an Eristalis pertinax hoverfly.

Ivy Bees

Honey Bee

Common Wasp

Eristalis tenax

Dock-leaf Bug

Sunday, 16 September 2018

St Andrews Park!

A quick wander through the park produced a Syrphus hoverfly, a Myathropa florea hoverfly, a Speckled Wood butterfly and a calling Jay.
Speckled Wood

Syrphus hoverfly

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Montpelier Station!

This morning a magnificent mixed flock of tits numbering 15+ flew one by one over the tracks and into the trees - Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits involved. Also a Jay and a Robin nearby. High-flying pigeons over the station in groups could have included Stock Doves but they were difficult to ID safely.

Monday, 3 September 2018


A slightly better showing this morning including my first ever Box Tree Moth which is an invasive species from Asia but very few records for Bristol.
Small Dusty Wave 2
Double-striped Pug 6
Lesser Broad-bordered Lesser Underwing 1
Marbled Beauty 1
Willow Beauty 5
Large Yellow Underwing 15
Copper/Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
Box Tree Moth 1
Angle Shades 1
Mint Moth 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Riband Wave 1
Carcina quercana 2
Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Argyresthia goedartella 1

Also a Green Lacewing, Ichneumon sp. and Harlequin Ladybird.
Angle Shades

Box Tree Moth

Argyresthia goedartella

Double-striped Pug

Marbled Beauty

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing

Riband Wave

Willow Beauty

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Montpelier Park!

This morning there was a bit of common bird activity including a Robin, a couple of Carrion Crows, a singing Wren, a juvenile Woodpigeon, a moulting Blackbird and a small party of Great and Blue Tits. A Grey Squirrel was also leaping around.
Great Tit

Juvenile Woodpigeon

Blue Tit


Monday, 27 August 2018

Fox again!

The Fox was at the station this morning near the tunnel. It had a pee and wandered around before disappearing into the trackside vegetation. Nearby a Jay called and a Marmalade Hoverfly was sat on the wall.

Saturday, 25 August 2018


I took a stroll along Fairlawn Road and the little path which joins it with St Andrews Road. There was an Eristalis hoverfly and a Myathropa florea hoverfly too but I was unable too take a photo as they were too flighty. There was a party of Blue Tits and 3 or 4 Long-tailed Tits plus a calling Jay in the trees. Nearby a Speckled Wood was basking in the sunshine and Vervain was in flower.
Speckled Wood