Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Mute Swans nesting at the east end of the Serpentine have two cygnets. Here they are on the shore at the Lido restaurant.

The stuff that looks like spaghetti is apparently dead water weed which has bleached.

A pair of Egyptian Geese on the Serpentine have a new brood of four.

The Mandarins on the Long Water still have two ducklings, which have now grown large enough to lessen the danger from gulls.

Every day they survive makes them less vulnerable. The family seems to have two mothers, and has been like this for some time. It is not clear whose ducklings they are, but anyway the unusual arrangement seems to have worked well.

Long-Tailed Tits also share parental duties.

Their flocks are extended families, so the adults help their genes to survive by looking after their little nephews and nieces. These two are from nests in a bramble patch east of the Italian Garden.

A pair of young Magpies were sitting quietly in a tree on the west side of the Long Water, waiting for their parents to arrive with food, when they would erupt into noisy action.

This young Blackbird near the Albert Memorial is learning to forage for itself, but has not got the procedure quite right yet.

No Tawny Owls were visible today. The male Little Owl was in his usual chestnut tree, minding his own business, when he was suddenly mobbed by a flock of Great Tits and Blue Tits. He flew into the next chestnut up the hill. Here he is glaring over his shoulder at his pursuers, who of course were careful not to get too close.

A second later he flew deeper into the leaves and they gave up.

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