Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Egyptian Geese on the Long Water have eight goslings. I hadn't been able to see them all yesterday.

The oldest brood, on the Round Pond, have stopped being little balls of fluff and are beginning to grow serious feathers. They look a bit awkward at this stage.

Mute Swans tend to bring all kinds of junk to their nests, and the pair on the raft at the east end of the Serpentine had somehow managed to collect a football. A Canada Goose stared in amazement at this frivolous ornament.

A swan on the Serpentine looked on disapprovingly as a pair of Coots began to build a nest right in front of it.

A Coot in a particularly aggressive mood started charging a group of Red-Crested Pochards which, as far as I could see, had done nothing to annoy it.

After several days' absence the pair of pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gulls were back in their usual place near the Dell restaurant. They chased away several young Herring Gulls ...

... but tolerated this young Lesser Black-Back, so it's probably their offspring from last year.

A Blackbird near the bridge was gathering insects and caterpillars for its nestlings.

So was a Robin near Peter Pan.

Another Robin was singing fit to bust in the Rose Garden.

This Blackcap was singing at the top of a tree near the leaf yard.

One of the Long-Tailed Tits nesting in the Rose Garden was in the line of rectangular trained lime trees on the south side of the garden. It was next to a spider's web but was not collecting it. So probably the pair have finished their nest, or at least the main structure of it.

A Honeybee was doing the rounds of the flowers in the border.

A Jackdaw had stolen half an apple from the people feeding the Rose-Ringed Parakeets by the leaf yard, and was eating it in the grass.

The female Little Owl near the Albert Memorial was enjoying the warm sunshine.

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