Monday, 14 March 2016

The Black Swan and girlfriend number one now seem happily settled on their nest, and were preening side by side.

In case anyone is expecting the patter of tiny webbed feet, please remember that she is less than a year old, and Mute Swans don't breed until they are at least two.

The Mute Swans on the Long Water have been showing interest in the little artificial island built for them, but have not yet settled down on it. In their absence, two pairs of Coots were fighting over which of them would nest on it.

A pair of Wood Pigeons near Queen's Gate were clearly in love.

A pair of Long-Tailed Tits were flitting around in the next tree.

These birds spend most of the year in family groups, and only separate into pairs in the nesting season to begin the long work of making their big complex nests. However, if a pair should lose a brood to predators, they will go to their relatives and help to look after their brood.

A group of Ring-Necked Parakeets were eating apples on the railings of the leaf yard.

Behind them, one of the pair of Dunnocks was exploring a patch of young nettles.

There are at least 25 Redwings near the bandstand in Hyde Park, feeding with Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrushes, and a Fieldfare which was too far away to photograph.

A Treecreeper appeared in the Dell. I haven't seen one there before, but it has been a very good year for them and they are cropping up everywhere.

A Pied Wagtail was taking a rest from hunting on the blue non-slip mat on the jetty at the Lido, and twittering quietly to her mate nearby on the shore.

The Little Owl near the Henry Moore sculpture was enjoying the spring sunshine.

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