Both the Little Owls near the leaf yard were visible today. The male was in his favourite place in the nest tree, for once not being bothered by Magpies and Jackdaws.
The female was calling from the top of big oak tree where she has been for three days. A good deal of rushing around on the ground looking through gaps produced an unobstructed view.
The yew tree near Peter Pan is full of berries and doing good business, with Blackbirds flying in and out.
Tom took this picture of the Song Thrush in the same tree yesterday.
There was a large gathering of Starlings in one of the olive trees at the Lido.
The trees are much too young to produce olives, but I am told that the big old olive tree in the Chelsea Physic Garden bears fruit in spite of the English climate.
A Dunnock came out from underneath a bush in the Rose Garden with a small grub it had caught.
A Carrion Crow was bathing in the basin of the marble fountain in the Italian Garden.
Because Shovellers look slightly like Mallards, one is inclined to overestimate their size. Here are some on the Long Water beside two Tufted Ducks, and you can see that there is little difference.
The young Grey Heron at the Dell restaurant played idly with a dead leaf while it waited for a chance to grab some leftovers.
A Herring Gull on the Long Water was brandishing a little tuft of feathers. I think it must have pulled them out of some bird in a fight.
This is an Essex gull. When I first saw it on 5 October, its yellow plastic ring hinted at an exotic origin, but when I reported it, it turned out to have been ringed in Basildon, and that was the first time it had been seen since then, having travelled just 32 miles.
The people at Bluebird Boats are escalating their battle to scare the gulls off their pedalos. The plastic owl has been called back into service, and is being motored up and down the lake, which makes its wings flap in a vaguely realistic way. But I don't think the gulls are terribly frightened.