The young Grey Heron that was rescued yesterday was in the same place on the reed raft, idly stretching a wing. Its feathers were properly preened and it was looking fit and well.
This heron on the Long Water near the Italian Garden often stands in the water looking ashore, an odd reversal of a heron's usual behaviour. Possibly it is hoping for a rat to pass by in the brambles.
A Carrion Crow on Buck Hill did have a rat, though it's not clear how it got it. The rat looked quite fresh.
A Magpie was eating the remains of a Canada Goose on the Serpentine island. The goose seems to have been considerably torn up, which raises the disturbing possibility that foxes are now swimming to the island. It isn't far for a fox to swim, but so far it seems to have been a safe place for waterfowl to rest and nest.
Another Magpie was giving a Little Owl near the leaf yard a hard time.
A few years ago on the Serpentine there was an odd couple of a Herring Gull and a Lesser Black-Backed Gull, and this may be them again. They were both holding bits of leaf, and I think this was a bonding ritual rather than play.
Then they called loud and long to each other. They are certainly mates.
This Black-Headed Gull with a white plastic ring 28P1 was on the Serpentine on 20 December last year as a juvenile. Now it's come back. Some of our Black-Headed Gulls come from as far away as Finland, but when I reported the ring I found that this one was hatched in Reading, so it hasn't had far to travel.
There was another Black-Headed Gull here on the 18th with a yellow ring 2PSN. Both were ringed by the North Thames Gull Group, so probably it's equally local. Will report both, but don't expect exciting news.
The three young Mute Swans on the Long Water have bcome quite independent, roaming around without their parents, But they haven't been thrown out yet, and the family came together when they saw someone feeding the birds at the Vista.
The young ones haven't made a successful flight yet. It takes a lot of practice before they can keep their balance in the air.
There was a brief glimpse of the young Grey Wagtail on the little plank bridge in the Dell. It was hatched in a nest under this bridge.
A male Ring-Necked Parakeet was eating hawthorn berries at the bottom of Buck Hill.
A Robin was singing very quietly to itself in a yew tree beside the Long Water.