Wildlife sightings in the Montpelier, St Andrews, St Pauls and St
Werburghs districts of Bristol, UK
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September and October 2011
|Harlequin Ladybird larva
22 Oct Plenty of invertebrate activity
in the sunshine this morning - a Red Admiral at St Andrews Park and another at Station Road, a Harlequin
Ladybird larva and a Green Shieldbug at Fairlawn Road. Hoverflies included several Eristalis
species around the patch, a Syrphus species at Station Road and an Episyrphus balteatus
at St Andrews Park. Plenty of Honey Bees at the station.
The only birds of note were a Goldcrest
showing well at St Andrews Park and a Coal Tit also nearby. Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch
overhead at Fairlawn Road.
|Green Shield Bug
16 Oct The monthly bird walk
at St Andrews Park was rather uneventfl but the beautiful weather was a real bonus. The lis is as follows:
Jay - one flew over the pond
Crow - one ot two feeding on the grass
Magpie - several birds seen
- quite a few around, calling and showing well
Blue Tit - at least one among the Great Tits
Tit - two near the meadow/pond area
Woodpigeon - a few seen
Pied Wagtail -
one flew over near the bowling green
Robin - a few seen and heard
surprisingly elusive, with just one near the pond
Chaffinch - one flew over near the pond
- a couple seen flying over
Lesser Black-backed Gull - one drifting overhead
- one calling and seen briefly near the bowling green
Dunnock - one gave good views near the
Elsewhere, there were 3 Speckled Woods and a Jay at the railway
15 Oct A flock of 10 Jackdaws and over Hurlingham Road this morning and
a distant flock of no less than 80 Woodpigeons flying east, plus a Sparrowhawk, a Pied
Wagtail, a couple of Chaffinches and a Goldfinch overhead. A Jay
flew over Richmond Road.
14 Oct Very quiet at St Pauls Park this morning, just a few Great
and Blue Tits, a Robin and a Wren.
13 Oct The
station produced a Starling, fly-over Pied Wagtail, a couple of Dunnocks,
a Wren, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Great Tits and a Chiffchaff.
12 Oct Cracking views of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker in the dead tree
at the station but i didn't have my camera with me! Nightmare! Also a Jackdaw and a Pied Wagtail
overhead, an influx of several Blackbirds, some House Sparrows, a few Chaffinches
and Greenfinches plus Long-tailed Tits calling at the top of station Road.
A Chiffchaff calling in Richmond Road first thing.
8 Oct A Siskin
over Hurlingham Road this morning and a Jay and Chiffchaff nearby. A Red Admiral
in the garden again.
7 Oct An impressive count of about 40 Pied Wagtails in Portland
Square this evening, flying around the roofs, probably prior to roosting at Cabot Circus - spectacular!
a Goldfinch, a Chiffchaff, several Greenfinches and a gaggle of House
Sparrows were at the station this morning.
4 Oct Yet another Chiffchaff in
Montpelier Park this morning, showing well and sharing a tree with a Great Tit. Another of these ubiquitous
warblers at the station plus a fly-over Pied Wagtail and a couple of Greenfinches. A mystery
bird was sat on the TV mast along Station Road but too far away to identify - a smallish passerine, possibly a pipit species.
3 Oct The Montpelier Chiffchaff fest continued with one singing in a tree in Richmond
Road this morning and up to 2 birds at the station. A fly-over Pied Wagtail was also noted at the station
along with a Grey Squirrel running along the footbridge.
2 Oct A lunchtime stroll
around the patch revealed 2 Chiffchaffs at Fairlawn Road - one singing occasionally - but not alot more
in terms of birds. There were plenty of Honey Bees, Syrphus and Eristalis
hoverflies feeding on the ivy-covered wall along St Andrews Road, and a Red Admiral spent the day in
the garden around the ivy. Very little at the station apart from a Greenfinch or two.
a very worn moth in the flat that is barely recognisable as anything, although the orangey underwing suggests a very washed-out
|Juvenile Herring Gull
30 Sep This morning in St Pauls
Park there was a confiding Chiffchaff, a fly-over Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail,
a juvenile Herring Gull, a Wren, a Great Tit and several Goldfinches.
29 Sep In Montpelier Park there was a calling Chiffchaff and a fly-over Siskin,
and nearby at the station another Siskin was heard plus a fly-over Pied Wagtail and Jackdaw.
A Chiffchaff showed briefly in the Buddleia near the footbridge and other birds seen and heard
included Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great
Tit, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow and Blackbird.
28 Sep Surprisingly little to report despite a warm sunny morning. Jays were calling at Fairlawn
Road along with a Coal Tit. At St Andrews Park I counted no less than 4 Speckled Woods and
another Jay was heard.
27 Sep A Siskin
and 3 Pied Wagtails over the station this morning - typical birds at this time of year with the autumn
migration under way. Also the Chiffchaff, Greenfinches and Chaffinches
in evidence. Nothing of note at Montpelier Park despite searching.
A couple of moths in the flat last night - a
Double-striped Pug and a Lesser Yellow Underwing, plus a Soldier Fly Sargus
bipunctatus - my first ever.
|Lesser Yellow Underwing
26 Sep A nice collection of
birds at the station this morning, with 2 Ravens being the main attraction plus a singing Chiffchaff,
a Coal Tit, up to 3 Jays, a couple of Chaffinches, some singing
Great Tits, 4 Blue Tits, 3 Robins and, best of all, no less than 30
House Sparrows centred on the allotment gardens. A Grey Squirrel also showed well.
Additional news from yesterday was a Garden Carpet moth in the flat - it flew into the oven during the
day and it was a good job I saw it or it might have become part of the evening meal!
25 Sep Three toadstools
at Narroways today which I can't identify, also a Pisaura mirabilis spider, several Harlequin
Ladybirds, a calling Chiffchaff and a Jay. Common Restharrow was
still in flower in the cutting.
At Fairlawn Road there was a Dock Leaf Bug, a Coal Tit,
a Chiffchaff and a Blackbird in song - the latter quite unusual at this time of year. Nearby,
3 Speckled Woods at the railway path.
At Station Road a Sparrowhawk soared overhead
near the Royal Mail Offices, heading towards the station.
In the garden this morning were 5 Long-tailed
Tits. a Chiffchaff and some Great Tits.
24 Sep A frustrating moment near Hurlingham Road this morning when I saw a medium to
large raptor flying away from me towards St Werburghs - as I got onto it too late I was unable to ID it but it could have
been anything from a female Sparrowhawk to a Buzzard. Ah well...
Nearby a Chiffchaff still calling
and some Long-tailed Tits at the top of St Andrews Road. Along the railway path were 7 or 8 Harlequin
Ladybirds, 2 Speckled Woods and a Sawfly species (sadly the photo I took of it
was not good enough to ID it). A Feverfew plant in flower along the path. Another Chiffchaff
at the station plus 1 or 2 Large White butterflies there.
At least 2 Chiffchaffs
calling from gardens in Richmond Road too.
23 Sep Birds are definitely on the move - 2
Swallows flew south over the station this morning. Also at the station was a Grey Squirrel and the
usual Chiffchaff, Chaffinches and Greenfinches.
Sep I heard my first Siskin of the autumn calling overhead this morning as I let the cat in
- a taste of things to come! The usual stuff at the station including the Chiffchaff calling and good views
of Chaffinch and Greenfinch as one of each was sat in a dead tree. Lots of Robin
song too - at least three birds giving it some welly.
21 Sep A Chiffchaff
in Station Road, a Coal Tit singing in Montpelier Park, 4 Goldfinches over the station along
with 4 Greenfinches, a Dunnock, Blue and Great Tits, 2
Chaffinches and several House Sparrows also at the station.
18 Sep It
might have been the weather or just bad luck but the bird list for today's St Andrews Park bird walk was the lowest
in the illustrious history of the event. Never mind, we did make the most of what the park has to offer in broader wildlife
terms including some interesting Ash galls pointed out by Jo and Simon. These are caused by the eriophyid mite Aceria
fraxinivorus which is apparently very common. We also saw Grey Squirrels and a Common
Carder Bee. The bird list is as follows:
Magpie - quite a few around
Tit - in mixed tit flocks
Great Tit - heard and seen well
- I reckon at least 3 birds
Long-tailed Tit - 1 heard very briefly
- 4 or 5 birds, some showing signs of moult
Mistle Thrush - one showed well at the top of a tree
Crow - several birds seen and heard
Robin - a good showing for this species as they set
up their autumn territories
Goldfinch - small groups occasionally flying over
- several birds feeding on the grass or sitting in trees
17 Sep A couple of Myathropa
florea hoverflies at the wooded end of Fairlawn Road this afternoon and a Chiffchaff calling
At the station 2 Large White butterflies and the usual Chaffinches, House
Sparrows and Greenfinches.
16 Sep A Raven high
over Richmond Road at 6.30 this evening, calling. Not much at St Pauls Cemetery this morning other than a few Blue
Tits, a Coal Tit and 3 Herring Gulls.
15 Sep The highlight
at the station this morning was a Sparrowhawk flying into the trees near the tunnel, plus a Jay
and a Magpie on the platform, the usual Greenfinches, Chaffinches and House
Sparrows and at least 1 calling Chiffchaff again.
14 Sep Parklife this
Montpelier Park: 1 Chiffchaff, a Jay flying over, a couple
of Great Tits and a Robin.
St Pauls Park: Yet another Chiffchaff,
a Blue Tit, a Wren plus 8 or 9 Harlequin Ladybirds, a Speckled
Wood, a Syrphus hoverfly and a few Green Shieldbugs.
Sep A Chiffchaff giving good views and calling at the station this morning, along with half a dozen
Chaffinches and as many Greenfinches.
11 Sep Two Ravens
flew low over Ninetree Hill towards Stokes Croft and Ashley Road this evening, calling. They did a few somersaults as they
Not much to report at Fairlawn Road this morning other than 2 Jays, 3 Speckled Woods,
a couple of Marmalade Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus, some Harlequin Ladybirds,
many Green Shieldbugs and just 1 Dock Leaf Bug.
10 Sep In St Andrews Park this
morning was a Jay, a couple of Coal Tits, a Speckled Wood butterfly and
lots of Common Inkcap mushrooms.
There were both Large and Small White
butterflies at the station and a calling Chiffchaff.
In the flat last night was a Willow
8 Sep A tale of two parks this
morning - at Montpelier Park there was some spectacular stuff from at least 3 Chiffchaffs feeding in bushes near
the new games surface, one briefly perching on the wire fence for several seconds. There were up to 6 Blackbirds
on show too plus a couple of Robins, 2 Wrens, 3 Woodpigeons and a party
of Great and Long-tailed Tits.
On the other hand, St Pauls Park was uncharacteristically
quiet, with just a juvenile Herring Gull and some Blue Tits of note.
sp. was in my bath this morning.
7 Sep One, possibly two Chiffchaffs this
morning between the top of Station Road and the station itself, and very flighty. Also the mixed flock of Greenfinches
and Chaffinches in evidence again plus a single Starling. A Grey Squirrel
was in Montpelier Park.
3 Sep At Narroways
there was a Chiffchaff, a party of Long-tailed Tits and 2 Jays plus a few
Harlequin Ladybirds, a Tenthredo sp Sawfly and a couple of Green Shieldbugs.
Several Slow-worms were under a piece of corrugated iron.
Along Fairlawn Road was another Chiffchaff
and an Eristalis pertinax hoverfly.
|Tenthredo sp. Sawfly
2 Sep Two new invertebrates for
the patch last night in the flat - a Hawthorn Shieldbug and a Garden Pebble moth - hurrah!
Also attracted to the light were a couple of Copper Underwings, a Square-spot Rustic and
a Small Dusty Wave.
At the station this morning a Chiffchaff was showing
well in the large pine, also a couple of Starlings and Greenfinches and the flock of
1 Sep Another Chiffchaff
this morning this time at St Pauls Park and in full song - another migrant. Also a fly-over Grey Wagtail,
a confiding Robin and Wren, Great and Blue Tits and 5
Blackbirds. Several Harlequin Ladybirds were on the shrubbery.
some Pipistrelle activity outside the flat at 8.25.