Friday, 23 May 2014

No one could find the Tawny owlets today. It seems that their parents have taken them to a new tree. Wherever they are they should be audible, calling for food, and we hope to find them soon. The female Little Owl rushed into shelter as soon as I got near her tree. Meanwhile you will have to make do with some rather ordinary pictures.

At least the young Blue Tits have come out of their nests. This one was vibrating its wings to encourage its parent to feed it.

I could hear young Great Tits too, but so far none has come into view.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes are building a nest under the bushes at the east end of the island, in an inconveniently dark and distant place.

Not sure whether they are serious about this, as it still seems too early for there to be small fish to feed any chicks.

The young Egyptian Geese are now large enough not to be snatched by Herring Gulls. This one kept sitting while a gull came uncomfortably close ...

... but eventually it found the inspection a bit intrusive and walked, rather than ran, away.

The two families of Canada Geese, with three goslings apiece, had joined forces to graze near the Lido.

The way their families cooperate, rather than fighting each other, contributes greatly to the breeding success of these alarmingly prolific birds.

However, the Mute Swans are doing pretty well too, without the slightest cooperation. There is a total of 12 cygnets on the lake at the moment. Here an unfortunate female gets jumped on by two males.

The humid conditions have brought the insects down low over the lake, and with them the Swifts, which were scooting around just above the water.

The House Martins were doing the same at the east end, conveniently near their nests on the Kuwaiti embassy.


  1. Surprising to see that mallard-like encounter in swans and that one cob didn't drive the other away first. Do you think they are low-ranking cobs in league and will both stick around the female in case they were in luck? Jim n.L.

    1. I'm sure they're both low-ranking. They belong to the swan riff-raff that hang around the east end of the Serpentine. Really they ought to be on the Round Pond, but that is unavailable because of the works going on there.