Friday, 30 August 2013


The only bird of note today was a Sparrowhawk over Montpelier Park.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

St Pauls Park

Today in the park: 2 Dunnocks, a Robin, a Wren, a Blackbird, a couple of Goldfinches, 1 or 2 Great Tits, 3 Woodpigeons, a Magpie and a Herring Gull.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Moths in the flat last night included a Brimstone, a Marbled Beauty, a Double-striped Pug and a Flame Shoulder.
Flame Shoulder
Marbled Beauty
Double-striped Pug

There were 2 Speckled Wood butterflies at the station this morning.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

St Andrews Park

Invertebrate highlights in the park this afternoon included an attractive black and white Ichneumon, a Wolf Spider and a Helophilus hoverfly. There was some Chicken of the Woods fungus growing on the dead tree trunks. Nearby was some Redshank (Persicaria) growing in a large patch. 
Chicken of the Woods fungus

Wolf Spider

In Fairlawn Road there were 5 or 6 Small White butterflies, a Volucella zonaria hoverfly and Xylota segnis and Syrphus hoverflies. In Station Road near the Royal Mail office was a Harlequin Ladybird larva and in the flat this morning I disturbed a Silver Y moth.
Volucella zonaria
Xylota segnis

Friday, 16 August 2013

Small Tortoiseshell

Jim has sent me fab photos of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly from Fairlawn Road and a a fly - looks like a Bluebottle species. Many thanks Jim.
Small Tortoiseshell (Photo: Jim)
Possible Bluebottle fly (Photo: Jim)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Sunday, 11 August 2013

St Andrews Park

In and around the meadow/pond area today: a Yellow Dung Fly, a Harlequin Ladybird, a couple of Azure Damselflies, 5 Speckled Wood and a couple of Large White butterflies, a probable White-tailed Bumblebee, 2 Large Red-tailed Bumblebees and a Green Shieldbug nymph. Nearby was a juvenile Robin and a calling Dunnock.
Harlequin Ladybird
White-tailed Bumblebee
Juvenile Robin


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Bugz n Plantz

Fairlawn Road produced a nice collection of insects this morning including a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell, my first Vollucella zonaria hoverfly of the year, an Xylota segnis hoverfly and absolutely tons of Marmalade Hoverflies. A Dark Bush-cricket was also present. There was just one patch of Vervain in flower, not a plant I see much of on the patch.
Vollucella zonaria
Xylota segnis

In the old Fairfield Grammar School yard there was a Cinnabar Moth larva on some Ragwort. There was lots of Great Willowherb in flower and some kind of Snapdragon.
Great Willowherb

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A huddle of Harvestmen

The wall along the platform at the station was occupied by 4 Harvestmen this morning, 3 of them huddled together. There are 30-odd species of these spider-like animals in the UK but I'm not sure the of exact ID of these particular individuals. I rarely record them on the patch for some reason. Nearby was a Woodlouse.

Several Greenfinches calling on and around the station too.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Fairlawn butterflies

This morning there were still 3 Peacocks on the Buddleia plus a flighty Red Admiral, a few Large Whites and similar numbers of Small Whites. At nearby Hurlingham Road there was a Speckled Wood.

Along the Fairlawn Road verge were a couple of Dark Bush-crickets now looking quite adult, a Green Shieldbug nymph, a mystery hoverfly (very tiny) and several Flesh-flies.
Dark Bush-cricket

The grassy area near the top of Richmond Road by the flats is looking interesting as it has no been cut. There were several Autumn Hawkbit plants in flower there.
Autumn Hawkbit

 At Montpelier Park there was a fine display of Tall Melilot. There were signs of the Horse Chestnut Miner moth on the leaves of at least one tree.
Horse Chestnut Miner
Tall Melilot
Late news from Thursday - 2 Marbled Beauty moths in the flat.