Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Starlings have started going around in pairs, and two were exploring a nest site on the shelter at the bottom of Buck Hill where people practise martial arts and Latin dancing. The eaves of this structure have been blocked up with boards to keep the birds out, but Starlings will always find a way in. This is the female of the pair, as you can see from the faint pink tinge at the base of her bill. Males, appropriately, have a blue tinge. These colours are more noticeable in the breeding season.

 The pair of Mistle Thrushes that nest between the Serpentine Gallery and the Albert Memorial were out on the grass. Living in a busy spot, they are remarkably calm about people.

There were five Treecreepers climbing and flying around near the leaf yard.

A Ring-Necked Parakeet was eating blossom near the Round Pond.

The male Cetti's Warbler was singing loud and often beside the Long Water, but as usual was only visible for a moment as it dashed around.

The Grey Heron that hangs around the Dell restaurant is not afraid to stand on tables with people eating around him. If anyone leaves, it will fly over looking for scraps.

A Herring Gull perched on a post near Peter Pan refused to be dislodged when another tried to knock it off.

The newly found Little Owl near the Orangery was out on his usual tree.

The female Little Owl near the leaf yard was also out on a branch, but vanished into her hole as we approached. However, the male looked out of the hole later and allowed himself to be photographed.


  1. Hi Ralph, many thanks for the very informative blog, where can the male Cetti's warbler normally be found? Is it the East Side of the Long Water in the area just past the Serpentine Bridge? Thanks! Matthew

  2. It's the west side, anywhere in the enclosure between the path and the lake.