Sunday, 9 November 2014

Today's visit to the rowan trees on Buck Hill found, in addition to the usual Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds, a Chaffinch eating the berries.

At the foot of the hill on the other side of the path, a Dunnock was perched in a bush, showing its completely featureless grey front view. When you can't see the stripes on their side, Dunnocks are hard to recognise.

Although I think there are still only six Jackdaws in the park, they constantly turn up all over the place. This one was in a tree near the Serpentine Gallery.

This Jay near the leaf yard was dealing with a peanut it had taken from my hand.

A young Herring Gull on the Serpentine had found a new toy, and a very large one, a red plastic buoy. It was swimming all round it, pecking and pushing at it to make it tip over and bob back again.

The male Little Owl was in the chestnut tree just up the hill from his nest tree. Compared to yesterday's glare, his expression was rather sweet.

The male Tawny Owl came out on top of his nest tree reliably at his usual time of 3.30. He was immediately seen and pestered by Magpies.

One of the young Great Crested Grebes was dozing on the Long Water, with the reflection of an autumn tree turning the water to liquid gold.


  1. Beautiful light in the photos today Ralph. Did you notice if the chaffinch was discarding the pulp and looking for the seeds? Finches do that, they are after the seeds of berries. I've seen Goldfinches feeding on rowans last year, where we had an abundance of rowan berries (this year there are very few around here).

    1. Yes, I think it was. A discarded photograph shows the Chaffinch with a small dark object in its beak.