Tuesday, 30 September 2014

More Cormorants are arriving on the lake; there were 18 today. This is because the year's young fish have reached a size large enough to be interesting to Cormorants. Word gets around the community very quickly and they fly up from the river. This one on the Long Water had stopped gorging itself for a moment to play with a fallen leaf.

The young Grey Wagtail has a new favourite place, beside the water under the bushes between the Lido swimming area and the Lido restaurant, where it can't be disturbed by people. But it can be photographed from the jetty of the swimming area. Here it has caught a tiny pale worm.

On the land side of these bushes, in a small olive tree, the local Robin was singing with great enthusiasm.

A young Hobby was in almost the same place as yesterday, in a plane tree south of the Physical Energy statue. It didn't stay long, and flew off towards Hyde Park to rejoin the family.

Today it was the male Little Owl who came out for a photograph. As usual, this was in the chestnut tree just to the west of the pair's nest tree.

A Moorhen was having a good stretch on the abandoned Coots' nest at Peter Pan. It only had a moment of enjoyment, as one of the Coots arrived and pushed it off. The Coot doesn't actually want the nest, it just doesn't want anyone else to have it. Shortly afterwards it evicted two Mallards.

Melissa the Carrion Crow is almost recovered from her leg injury, though still limping slightly. She flew on to the parapet of the Italian Garden graciously accepted a digestive biscuit.


  1. Hi Ralph, I was looking for someone who might know about the birds near the Round Pond in Hyde Park and found you via Google and you seem to know a lot. If you know who cares for the birds please could you pass on that one of the geese is limping and has a very swollen leg. Thank you and thanks for the lovely blog - I will visit often! Sarah

    1. Thanks. Will go and see, and report it to Malcolm if the goose is still there.

    2. I went round the Round Pond and the lake, and couldn't find that goose. If you find it again, please ring the Royal Parks Wildlife Officer's official number, 020 7298 2000 -- this is Malcolm's office and he will come and attend to it. But he has to do all the Royal Parks, and is based at Richmond, so it may take a while. What kind of goose is it? Greylag, Canada, Egyptian?

  2. Thanks very much Ralph. I'm fairly sure it was a Greylag. Perhaps its leg got better on its own but it did look quite swollen. I have Malcolm's number so I'll ring him if I see the goose again. Thanks, Sarah