Friday, 17 April 2015

There was a Greylag Goose with peculiar white patches on the south shore of the Serpentine. Geese with white speckling are quite common, but this piebald effect is unusual.

Des McKenzie was walking round the Serpentine yesterday and found a Reed Bunting in the willow tree above the reed bed at the southeast corner, and a Sedge Warbler, and he saw a Linnet flying over the park. He makes us all look like beginners, though I do think I had heard a Sedge Warbler the day before on the east side of the Long Water.

Near the Lido, a Mute Swan was confronting a dog that its stupid owner had allowed to chase the waterfowl. There are now notices all round the lake telling people to put dogs on leads, but dog owners are selectively blind and deaf to reason.

A Blackcap was singing on the big oak tree at the southwest corner of the leaf yard, which is just coming into leaf.

A pair of Long-Tailed Tits was flying in and out of a  bramble patch under a tree nearby. Probably they have a nest in it.

The young Great Black-Backed Gull was back on the posts near Peter Pan. This time it had chosen a post quite near the shore. It gave me a severe look.

The ponds in the Italian Garden are full of perch about six inches long, as well as a few carp and a solitary goldfish. The Grey Herons don't seem to have noticed them yet, but they will.

Just under the parapet, a Cormorant was fishing inside the wall of the old water filter, and got a perch about the same size. It tossed it to turn it around, because even Cormorants have trouble swallowing a fish with a spiny dorsal fin.

The new Little Owl had gone inside his hole (we are not sure where this is) on a rather chilly morning, but later, when the wind died down, the male Little Owl near the leaf yard came out on his chestnut tree.

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