Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Great Crested Grebes nesting at the Serpentine island may have some chicks, though I am not sure as it is very hard to see what is going on in the shadow of the bushes some distance away. But this grebe seems to sitting with wings slightly raised, as they do when chicks are on their backs.

All the young birds in the Italian Garden were present -- Coots, Moorhens and Mallards. Here the five Coot chicks wait as their parent dives, hoping to be given the next strand of algae brought up from the bottom.

One of the Moorhen chicks had pestered its parent too much, and was grabbed by the head and shunted off to a respectful distance.

It made no difference, and the chick came back at once and went on begging.

A Blue Tit was going methodically round the plums on the tree near the Triangle car park. Tits don't eat fruit. It was probably looking for insects on the plums.

One of the young Tawny Owls was in the same chestnut tree as yesterday, and again I could only find one of them. Well, it is lucky to be able to find even one at this time of year.

Both the adult Little Owls were clearly visible. This is the female in her usual lime tree, looking down rather crossly at three people staring at her.

The Common Tern family were on the Serpentine again, but on the other side of the island so that I could hear but not see them.

Today's butterfly is a rather tattered Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) on the edge of the leaf yard. Despite its torn left wings, it was flying perfectly well.

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