Thursday, 20 April 2017

The park was full of birdsong, and for once the main sound was not the screeches of Rose-Ringed Parakeets. In the Rose Garden a Dunnock allowed a close-up ...

... and a Goldcrest wasn't too far up in a pine tree.

A Blackbird was looking for worms in a flower bed ...

... and so was a Mistle Thrush by the gate.

In Kensington Gardens a Chiffchaff came into view for a moment in a tree top ...

... and a Chaffinch watched an insect go by.

A Green Woodpecker searched for insects in the bark of a plane tree on the path between Physical Energy and the Speke obelisk. It is one of a pair nesting here.

On the jetty of the Lido, a Grey Wagtail and a Pied Wagtail stood side by side.

The male Little Owl near the leaf yard came out of the hole in the chestnut tree.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was hunting again near the Dell restaurant, but didn't catch anything while I was there.

The families of Egyptian Geese in Hyde Park and on the Round Pond were all in good order. This is Blondie's family.

The Mute Swans nesting at the east end of the Lido now have seven eggs. The male guarded them while the female went off to have a feed.

Virginia sent this splendid picture of a swan charging a rival.

She also found a new Coot family, on the solar panel platform on the Round Pond.


  1. My, how have Blondie's babies grown!

    Very educational picture of the two Wagtails side by side. Although I must confess that my favourite one today is the charging Swan: it must be quite scary to be on the business end of a Swan charge.

    1. Yes, it really is a dramatic shot. Many thanks to Virginia.