Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Montpelier Station

While waiting for the train this morning I noted my first Rose Chafer of the year on some Hogweed on the other side of the tracks, a Tree Bumblebee and a couple of Harlequin Ladybirds.
Rose Chafer

Harlequin Ladybird

Tree Bumblebee

Monday, 22 May 2017

Montpelier Park

Don't get excited, there wasn't much happening in the park this morning apart from a Harlequin Ladybird, a Tree Bumblebee and an Early Bumblebee. A couple of Blackbirds were the most exciting birds.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Butterfly Bonanza!

While waiting for the train this morning I spent a happy half an hour watching the butterflies on the disused platform - 5 species were counted - a Brimstone, a couple of Orange-tips, a few Large Whites, a Small White and my first Common Blue of the year! On the Hogweed were Thick-thighed Flower Beetles and a Myathropa florea hoverfly.

Myathropa florea and Thick-thighed Flower Beetles

Common Blue

A Cinnabar Moth was flying around the front garden but typically didn't settle for a photo.

A Goldfinch sang from an aerial outside my bathroom window this morning.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Montpelier Station

More Swift news - a veritable swarm of distant birds numbering some 15 this morning - lovely stuff. Also a couple of  Collared Doves, a fly-over Jay, young Starlings heard and a pair of adults seen. Several Wood Avens flowers on show near the tunnel.
Wood Avens

Collared Dove

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


I was away last week and missed the first Swifts of the spring to grace the Montpelier skies, so this morning I made a point of looking for them at the station. There were distant ones numbering 5 or 6 towards Cheltenham Road, a couple above the station and a couple more in the other direction towards Richmond Road. Fab to watch them soaring and swooping. Also a couple of Starlings at the station and a singing Blackcap.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

St Andrews Park!

A few hoverflies in the park including a Sphaerophoria sp. and several Marmalade flies. An Early Bumblebee was my first of the year but evaded my camera. A 14-spot Ladybird was basking on a leaf.

A patch of Yellow Rattle was showing well in the meadow area, and a Coal Tit was singing nearby.
14-spot Ladybird

Marmalade Fly

Yellow Rattle

Sphaerophoria sp.

Friday, 5 May 2017


Today on the reserve: Pair of Robins near brook, 1 male Grey Wagtail on brook carrying food, lots of Raven activity, 1 Common Buzzard over cutting, 1 or 2 Greenfinches (cutting), 1 Chiffchaff orchard, pair Long-tailed Tits near Ashley Hill entrance.

Long-tailed Tit

1 Brimstone butterfly (cutting), 1 Small White and 2 Holly Blue butterflies at Ashley Hill entrance.
Lots and lots of Cryptocephalus beetles - every buttercup on the cutting had one! Also my first Thick-thighed Flower Beetleof the year and lots of Pollen Beetles on hawthorn blossom. 1 Harlequin Ladybird.
Holly Blue


Myathropa florea

Pollen Beetles
Celery Fly

Adela reaumurella

A couple of Andrena spp., Buff-tailed Bumbles and Common Carder Bees mainly in Simons Grove. Hoverflies - first Myathropa florea of the year, Rhingia rostrata plus loads of Syrphus sp.
A couple of Celery Flies at Simon's Grove.

Several long-horned moths Adela reaumurella near Ashley Hill entrance plus a Green Shieldbug.

In St Andrews Park there was an Andrena sp., a Holly Blue, several Tadpoles in the pond and a single Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Andrena sp.

In Fairlawn Road a Blackcap was singing and a Harlequin Ladybird was basking on a leaf.