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.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


A slightly better collection of moths this morning:
Marbled Beauty 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Small Blood-vein 1 (a 'first'!)
Heart and Dart 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 1
Double-striped Pug 1

plus the Australian micro-moth Tachystola acroxantha.
Double-striped Pug

Flame Shoulder

Heart and Dart

Tachystola acroxantha

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Small Blood-vein

Also a Common Froghopper!
Common Froghopper

Silver Y

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Montpelier Park!

Not much to report in the park this morning other than a Myathropa florea hoverfly and swarms of Horse Chestnut Miner moths, with the leaves looking very brown and badly affected.
Horse-chestnut Leaf Mines

Myathropa florea

Blue Tits were calling as were young Carrion Crows.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018


The continuing saga of my useless moth trap has now resulted in me ordering a new one so hopefully I might catch some decent moths when it arrives. Anyway, today there was a Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Flame Shoulder and a Common Carpet plus a very faded moth which I assume was a Bright-line Brown-eye but mercifully it escaped before I could ID it. A Harlequin Ladybird joined the party too.
Shuttle-shaped Dart

Flame Shoulder

Common Carpet

Harlequin Ladybird

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The A to Z of Spiders!

I was a little worried that the wall along the platform at Montpelier Station would cease to attract spiders after it had been painted earlier in the year by Silent Hobo, but I needn't have worried. Today there was an Araneus diadematus (better known as the Garden Spider) and several Zygiella x-notata (better known as the Missing Sector Orb-web Spider). So we have the A to Z of spiders!
Garden Spider

Missing Sector Orb-web Spider