After another cold night the spreading ice had penned some Cormorants into a patch of clear water under the edge of the Italian Garden, where they were fishing uncomfortably close to each other.
The Serpentine doesn't freeze completely between the island and the shore, as the ducks and geese moving around keep it clear. A lot of Tufted Ducks and a few Pochards had assembled here.
All the Great Crested Grebes sensibly flew out last night, and will now be on the Thames somewhere upstream of Chiswick waiting for the weather to moderate.
Herring Gulls were sliding on the ice as they bickered over a bit of food.
A Feral Pigeon was having a very cold bath in a small ice-free patch near the Dell restaurant. The bathing pigeons only stayed in the water for a few seconds.
The Moorhens in the Italian Garden didn't seem to mind getting soaked, and were climbing around and under one of the fountains.
These fountains are blocks of marble -- invisible under the algae -- and rest on circular cast iron bases. There is a low space inside where both Moorhens and Coots have tried to build nests, but they have failed, presumably because there is nothing inside to attach twigs to.
The white-faced Blackbird near the Italian Garden was clearly very hungry, as the frozen ground didn't allow her to pick up worms. She flew into a tree in front of me and called to be fed, something this shy bird would never normally do.
A Jackdaw on Buck Hill also made his wishes clear.
One of the Coal Tits in the Rose Garden was waiting for a turn at the feeder.
Pied Wagtails were hunting for bugs on the Parade Ground, both on the bare earth left by the funfair and in the grass beside it.
A pair of Egyptian Geese landed on the Little Owls' tree near the leaf yard and started their usual noisy display.
There was no sign of the owls here. One was seen looking out of the hole a couple of days ago in the early morning.
There was no difficulty in seeing the female owl in the oak tree near the Albert Memorial.
But the female owl in the lime tree near the Henry Moore sculpture was half inside the nest hole, and could only be seen from a distance.
One of the fox family was asleep in the usual place on the east side of the Long Water, but woke up for long enough to allow a picture.