Wednesday, 17 October 2018


While at the station this morning waiting for my (delayed) train I thought I'd better check for spiders along the wall. I only had my phone camera so snapped a House Spider and a Garden Spider. The latter behaved very oddly, playing 'dead' when I prodded her then descending quickly on the end of a silk thread.
House Spider

Garden Spider

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


A Sparrowhawk flew high but purposefully over Montpelier Station this morning. Nearby a Marmalade Hoverfly was feeding on the Ivy.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Out and About!

This morning I had a look around the park - the early sunshine produced a Syrphus hoverfly and a couple of Harlequin Ladybirds. Nearby at the station approach there were a couple of Ivy Bees, several Eristalis tenax hoverflies, a Green Shieldbug and another Syrphus hoverfly.


Eristalis tenax

Ivy Bee

Green Shieldbug

This evening on the way home there were about 20 Starlings on the church at Portland Square, though flighty.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


A Grey Heron flapped low over the station this morning heading in the direction of the arches. I think it's the first I've seen on the patch this year and always a slightly bizarre sight! Also at the station some Michaelmas Daisies still in flower on the tracks and several Zygiella x-notata spiders along the wall.

Sunday, 30 September 2018


In St Andrews Park this morning there were still lots of tadpoles and at least one froglet in the pond.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Red Admiral!

A Red Admiral was nectaring on Ivy flowers near the station this morning. Always nice to see, it seems to have been a good year for them.

Nothing exciting in nearby Montpelier Park, just a singing Great Tit, a Wren, singing Robin and 4 or 5 Blackbirds.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fox and Ravens!

This morning at the station a Fox showing well and was a lot less skittish than usual. There were two Ravens on the TV mast (Harry saw 10 in St Werburghs on Sunday!) and there were a couple of Great Tits, a Robin and a Dunnock nearby. An Erisatlis tenax hoverfly was feeding on Ivy.


Eristalis tenax

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


Thursday, 23 August 2018

Montpelier Station!

Birds are beginning to become more noticeable now that summer is almost over - a party of Great and Blue Tits were calling from the trees at the station and a Coal Tit was singing. The House Sparrows were in good numbers as they fed in the bushes.

An Eristalis pertinax hoverfly was sat on the wall nearby.

….and there was a Light Brown Apple Moth in the flat this morning.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Moths! Oh, and a Jay!

The moth trap produced the following species this morning:
Lychnis 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Silver Y 1
Brimstone 1
Meal Moth 1 (a 'first'!)
Small Dusty Wave 1
Willow Beauty 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Rustic - very worn but probably this species
Tachystola acroxantha (our Australian friend I first saw last week).
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing


Large Yellow Underwing

Meal Moth


Rustic (?)

Small Dusty Wave

Tachystola acroxantha

Willow Beauty

Also in the trap was a Birch Shieldbug and a Harlequin Ladybird.
Birch Shieldbug

A Jay showed well at the station this morning.