Monday, 7 March 2016

The little flock of Redwings near the bandstand in Hyde Park ...

was joined by a Fieldfare ...

... a Mistle Thrush ...

... and a Song Thrush.

They were hauling up worms at a tremendous rate, though I only managed to catch three of them in the act. There were also several Pied Wagtails looking for insects.

This is one of the bits of grass that hasn't been restored, and is battered and scrubby and in a natural state, full of worms and bugs.

The Black Swan's girlfriend number one has got out of the Italian Garden pond and was back on the Serpentine, perhaps looking a little ruffled after her experience.

But the Black Swan was taking no notice of her, and was with girlfriend two, paying her close attention with fond squeaks.

A Great Crested Grebe on the Serpentine was having a flap to settle his wings after a preening session.

A male Siskin was singing in a tree near Peter Pan.

The Little Owl in the oak tree near the Albert Memorial was at the entrance to his hole every time I passed.

He must be having a tough time with the Stock Doves trying to steal the hole.


  1. I didn't see any sign of goslings with the pair nearest the boat hire place, unless they were tucked well under the seated parent. Bad news?

  2. The great crested grebes appeared to be attempting to nest on the corner of the swans' raft at the Serpentine Bar. I'm not sure what else explained their behaviour - Mrs GCG looked very broody. Not a suitable venue I would think?

  3. Hi Ralph. At the end of January I spotted a gull on the Serpentine that stood out against the other Herring Gulls. I've posted it on Birdforum - link below - and it seems to be general opinion that its an Iceland Gull, possibly Kumlien's subsp.


    1. Thanks for interesting news. Have added a note to today's (Tuesday's) post.