A pair of Mandarins have arrived, and were at Peter Pan when Tom went by and took this picture.
They have had only occasional success in breeding on the Long Water because of the many gulls, and do much better on the more sheltered Regent's Canal, which begins nearby at Paddington. Probably this population originally comes from the offspring of a captive collection at Regent's Park.
The hopeless pair of Egyptian Geese were at the Henry Moore sculpture with just one survivor from a doubtless much larger brood. In twelve years in the park they have not raised a single gosling, while the other Egyptians have been doing very well.
The Coot on an equally doomed nest on the wire baskets near the bridge had built up the nest substantially.
If a strong east wind doesn't wash it away, the chicks will be eaten by gulls as soon as their mother leaves the nest for a moment. There is a post a few feet away where a gull can stand and wait for this moment.
A Mute Swan had finished preening, and flapped its enormous wings near the Lido.
The Kingfisher was also preening on the usual branch of the dead willow near the Italian Garden.
The new turf at the bottom of the Parade Ground was covered with workmen and tractors, so there was no chance of seeing an interesting bird on it. With luck they will be back when things quieten down. Meanwhile, here is a Pied Wagtail on its traditional run along the edge of the Serpentine.
A Starling at the Dell restaurant was looking splendid during a sunny spell.
Another picture by Tom: a dramatic shot of a pair of Nuthatches coming down to take food at the leaf yard.
A pair of Goldcrests were leaping around in the trees near Peter Pan.
Both Coal Tits came out when we went past the bridge.
There was a Treecreeper in the shrubbery near the Henry Moore.
One of the insect traps here had a Rose-Ringed Parakeet on it. It probably thought the thing was a bird feeder, and was pulling off the duck tape to open it up.
The trap would have been empty, as the bottle of alcohol at the bottom, which both lures and kills insects, has been removed.
The female Little Owl near the Albert Memorial was looking down from her tree.