Tuesday, 11 August 2015

An old friend has arrived from Norway. This Black-Headed Gull was last seen on the Long Water in November, and has returned to exactly the same place. I have reported it to the Norwegian ringers, of course.

The pair of Moorhens in the Sunken Garden, who occupied the floating nest but looked as if they were never going to breed, have surprisingly produced one chick. Here it is being fed on the stone steps leading down from the gate.

The pair of Coal Tits at the bridge turned up to be fed. I haven't yet managed to entice one down to my hand, but they are almost coming now.

There was a Treecreeper near the Tawny Owls' tree.

No sign of the Tawny Owls, as usual, but the male Little Owl was in the maple tree near the leaf yard.

Otherwise it was a very quiet day, and most of the action came from Great Crested Grebes. This is one from the nest near Peter Pan, I think the female, who had just transferred the three chicks to the care of her mate and was having a good wash before she went fishing for them.

Flapping furiously, she strayed into the area of the lake that the pair of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls regard as their private washing place, and frightened one of them off.

The pair on the Serpentine, also with three chicks, had found a large shoal of tiny perch, which the chicks were swallowing as fast as they could be brought.

The pair with two chicks under the bridge were finding one of them troublesome. The other stayed quietly on its father's back, but this one kept wriggling out and crawling all over the nest.


  1. Really super selection of Grebe photos today!

    1. I'm depending on them in the slack late summer season.