Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Montpelier Station!

The Moth Mullein which grows at the station every year was in flower and looking good today. Nearby a couple of Syrphus hoverflies and a Marmalade Fly (which evaded the camera). Through binoculars I could see a Green Shieldbug basking on a leaf on the disused platform.
Moth Mullein

Green Shieldbug

Syrphus hoverfly



Sunday, 17 June 2018

Tube Web Spider!

I've seen a couple of new spiders for the patch in recent weeks and I was chuffed to find out that a spider in my bath this morning is another new one - a Tube Web Spider (Segestria sp.) I've always wanted one to appear as Bristol seems to be a hot-spot for them. Some species have fearsome green fangs but I didn't look at this individual very closely as I thought at the time it was just a house spider! They sit in holes in the wall and wait to pounce on their unsuspecting prey.
Tube Web Spider

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Broomrape!

A Broomrape, almost certainly Ivy Broomrape, is growing on the disused platform at the station. Broomrapes are strange parasitic plants which have no chlorophyll - there are several species depending on their hosts. This one was knee-deep in ivy!
   

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Portland Square!

An area of uncut grass near the church produced a couple of Thick-thighed Flower Beetles and a Merodon equestris hoverfly - a convincing bee-mimic. Cat's-ear was growing among the grasses.
Cat's-ear

Merodon equestris

Thick-thighed Flower Beetle



I missed a moth last night - it appeared this morning - a Bright-line Brown-eye.
Bright-line Brown-eye

Monday, 11 June 2018

Moths!

I set up my trap in the window last night and was underwhelmed with the catch but the following turned up including a couple which are 'firsts' for me;
Treble-lines 1 (a first!)
Willow Beauty 2
Small Dusty Wave 2
Small Fan-foot 1 (another first!)
Riband Wave 1
Heart and Dart 4
Small Dusty Wave

Heart and Dart




Riband Wave


Small Fan-foot

Treble-lines

Willow Beauty

There was also an Orange Ladybird and a Harlequin Ladybird.
Orange Ladybird
This morning the Scarlet Tiger was flying around Richmond Road!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

St Andrews Park!

I did a walk around the park at the request of a local church group and we saw a couple of juvenile Mistle Thrushes feeding on the ground - another successful breeding season for this scarce species. Other birds heard and seen included a couple of confiding Goldcrests, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, a Jay, Robin and Dunnock. In the meadow area a Corncockle was growing. Nearby was a Tree Bumblebee and a Syrphus hoverfly.
Tree Bumbleee

Syrphus

Corncockle

A Scarlet Tiger moth flew around the front garden this afternoon.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Breeding Bird Survey results!

I finally got round to entering my data for the survey I did on Monday in Montpelier, St Andrews and St Pauls. The results are:
Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
Herring Gull 4
Feral Pigeon 24
Woodpigeon 20
Collared Dove 9
Swift 3
Magpie 5
Carrion Crow 4
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 1
Blackcap 1
Wren 8
Starling 2
Blackbird 11
Robin 6
Dunnock 4
House Sparrow 21
Goldfinch 2
No real surprises but at least the House Sparrows are holding up well.

I am pleased to announce that the Blue Tits are using my nestbox again this year - a parent bird left the box as arrived home this evening.

At the station this morning there was a Harlequin Ladybird larva and a Small White butterfly.
Harlequin larva