Monday, 28 April 2014

There is a family of Robins in a holly tree near the Queen Caroline memorial at the east end of the Serpentine. I saw two young birds but there may have been more, as cheeping sounds could be heard coming out of the tree.

Glad to say that the two Mallard ducklings belonging to the sepia-coloured drake and his mate have survived so far -- I didn't see them yesterday and thought the gulls had got them. Here is the light-coloured one that takes after its father.

Two Grey Herons on the Serpentine near the bridge seemed to be on friendly terms, which is unusual with these aggressively territorial birds. After the abortive nesting season earlier this year, could they be thinking of having another try? The one is front is still mostly plain grey, showing that it is one of last year's birds, probably hatched in Regent's Park as we had no successful nests last year. But maybe it's not too young to breed.

The two pairs of Nuthatches in the leaf yard are easy to see. All you have to do is put a few pine nuts on the fence, and they will come within inches of you. At least one pair now has young to feed.

Two Long-Tailed Tits were flitting around the bushes next to the Lido restaurant. There should be some young ones soon -- they are much easier to see and photograph than their parents, as they sit on twigs waiting to be fed with insects.

These birds share the care of their young, which is unusual in birds. Canada Geese do the same.

The Tawny Owl was in his usual tree today, in a much more visible position than yesterday.

The male Little Owl sat out in his chestnut tree for some time, unfortunately after I had failed to find him once and before I came back and failed again. All I saw was the shy female rushing into her hole at my approach.

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