Friday, 24 April 2015

The male Tawny Owl was in his nest tree in the morning, not on his usual perch but high up. Later he switched to the adjacent tree where he was yesterday, and where this picture was taken. He is quite hard to find, even with binoculars, as you have to stand under the nest tree and look through a gap in the leaves.

The female Little Owl was in her usual hole, and we are pretty certain that this new chestnut tree, just up the hill from last year's nest tree, is where she has nested this year. She often turns round and looks into the hole as if there were owlets inside.

We have all been worrying about the female Mute Swan from the Long Water. I have just heard from Marie Gill, who took up the matter with the Wildlife Officer's office. It seems that they took a female swan into care after they discovered a dead swan on the Long Water, and that they thought this was her mate. However, the male swan is very much alive. Today he was sitting sadly on his island, and after a while he went under the bridge on to the Serpentine and cruised around with his wings raised menacingly. Whatever has happened, the pair have lost this year's eggs.

The careless Egyptian Goose parents from the Vista are down to their last chick. The mother was letting it wander around near the Italian Garden without calling it to her, and it just happened to be beside her in this picture.

This is one of the pair of Great Crested Grebes from the east end of the Serpentine making that peculiar shrugging movement that grebes of all kinds do to get comfortable.

There were two Grey Wagtails in the area, so it looks as if we shall have a nest again this year, under the little plank bridge in the Dell where they usually go. This is the young one from last year, and it is not the same as the adult I photographed yesterday.

The pair of Mistle Thrushes near the Serpentine Gallery were hopping around on the grass rattling at each other. They don't seem to have much of a range of calls, unlike Blackbirds, but perhaps there are different rattles for different occasions.

This Goldcrest was in a tree near Peter Pan, on a brief foray out of the yew where it spends most of its time. It is one of a pair.

The Flower Walk is open again after the recent building work. Here is a bumblebee on a wallflower in the border. I think it is a Common Carder bee, Bombus pascuorum.


  1. Is the female swan being cared for somewhere? Will she be returned to her mate? Sue.

    1. I hope so. But the well-intentioned people seem to have created a real mess here.