Saturday 2 May 2015

There are now two male Reed Warblers in the reed bed near the Diana fountain. They were singing at each other.

The female Grey Wagtail who has nested under the bridge was on the edge of the Serpentine near the Lido, retreating rapidly under a bush. You can tell it's her because she is missing the toes on her right foot, which doesn't stop her from running about.

The Grey Wagtail that I photographed on 23 April was an adult male, so it looks as if the pair is complete. The single survivor of last year's brood has also been seen recently.

Behind the Lido, the Blue Tits' nest in the lamp post is busy. The eggs have hatched, and both parents were flying in and out.

There is a ceanothus bush just up the hill, which was alive with bees of several species. This is a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee. All of them had pollen bags on their legs full to bursting -- no wonder the bush is so popular.

A Moorhen has nested in a strange place. One of the wooden posts near the bridge is rotten and has a hollow top. Two eggs are visible. But I don't think the bird stands much chance against the large gulls that also use these posts.

Underneath, a bad-tempered male Mute Swan was pecking one of the baby Egyptians.

It got anway unharmed and rapidly jumped on to the shore.

Both Little Owls were in and out of their nest tree. It seems likely that they have owlets inside, but I can't hear them.

The male Tawny Owl was back in his usual place in the horse chestnut tree next to his nest tree.

But there is still no sign of the female or owlets.

1 comment:

  1. Swans really do let themselves down with their cantankerous outbursts :) Otherwise such regal and dignified birds!