You might suppose that these two Cormorants near the island where having a dispute about who would sit on the post. But instead, one of them was politely asking the other to go fishing with it. They both jumped down into the water and swam off side by side.
A young Moorhen had climbed to the top of the plants in a floating raft and was eating the seeds.
The formerly white Mallard, now a warm cream colour, had been going around with his mate and another drake. These ménages à trois are quite usual for ducks -- understandable when you consider that there are usually more males than females.
This Black-Headed Gull has the Dutch ring code EE5T. I've written to the ringer and will pass on any history if it's interesting.
There was a lot of activity in the rowan trees on Buck Hill. A Magpie was occupying one of them and not letting any smaller birds into it.
The next tree had a noisy flock of Starlings in it.
A short way down the hill, another Blackbird was eating blackberries from a bramble growing up an oak tree.
The same tree also had a Treecreeper picking grubs out of the deeply fissured bark.
On the other side of the Long Water, some Rose-Ringed Parakeets were browsing in a cotoneaster bush.
A Jackdaw in the Diana fountain enclosure had found a horse chestnut seed and was pecking it open. I hope it found it unpalatable, as the seeds are moderately toxic to most species.
A Wren was looking for insects on the edge of the reed bed near the bridge.