Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Both the Little Owls at the leaf yard were out in the chestnut tree, the male easy to find on an exposed branch ...

... but his mate almost hidden in the leaves.

A Wren near the bridge was also hard to see in the foliage.

One of the Grey Wagtails from the nest opposite was hunting on the edge of the Serpentine.

Although most of the young Starlings have been out for some time, there are still a couple of active nests in the plane trees near the small boathouses. You can hear the young birds calling inside the holes.

A Magpie had picked a spider's web off the boathouse wall and was combing it for edible insects.

Another near Peter Pan had sadly taken a chick from a nest and carried it into the bushes to eat it.

The Mute Swans have suffered further misfortunes. The injured cygnet at the east end of the Serpentine seems to have died. The mother with the remaining three was angrily shooing off the local Coot family.

The swans at the Lido have also lost a cygnet. This picture was taken through a hole in the wooden gate.

The family at the island is still intact, at least.

It has not been a good year for the swans. But the geese are doing better, thanks to the constant vigilance of their parents. There is a new brood of two Canada goslings on the south side of the Serpentine.

Farther along the bank, the parents of the single gosling saw a loose dog coming and made for the safety of the water ...

... where the two other broods had already taken refuge.

On the other side of the lake, two Greylag ganders with no families had nothing better to do than fight, egged on by their mates.

The Mandarin family on the Long Water still have five ducklings.


  1. Very sad news today. Poor little cygnet. Why are swans having such a hard time this year, in comparison to geese?