Friday 13 March 2015

More signs of spring: a pair of Carrion Crows were looking for worms side by side on the Archery Field, then they flew together to a planter in the Sunken Garden and resumed their search.

A pair of Moorhens on a reed raft at the east end of the Serpentine were expressing their affection by eating each other's parasites, thus combining romance, hygiene and a good meal.

Blondie the Egyptian Goose was being followed everywhere by her new mate. Here she is only a few yards from where she was hatched in the patch of scrub between the Serpentine and the Dell. She doesn't seem very keen on him, but she is still less than a year old and unused to these things.

A Greenfinch was singing in the trees where the Cetti's Warbler is lurking.

I didn't hear the Cetti singing, although he was quite vocal yesterday.

A Wood Pigeon was eating blossom near the bridge.

The Redwing flock is still at the south end of the Parade Ground near the bandstand. One was foraging right next to a much larger Mistle Thrush, but they didn't bother each other. The picture shows how small a Redwing is compared to a large thrush.

The Scaup had come over to the north side of the Serpentine, in the place near the Triangle car park where there is always a mob of Coots. It didn't like them, and soon swam away.

The female Little Owl fled into her hole the moment she saw me. It is now three years since the horrible children threw stones at her, but she hasn't forgotten that humans are dangerous.

The male Tawny Owl had moved to a different branch on the beech tree behind his nest tree.

There were two Stock Doves on the nest tree right on the edge of the hole, but they were not seen as a threat. Quite likely they are nesting lower in the same tree, as they have done before. This tree is also used by Starlings, and one year there was a Nuthatch nest right at the top.

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