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