Saturday 6 June 2015

The Canada Geese who nested on the artificial island in the Long Water have four goslings.

They were still on their island at 7 am, when Marie and Bett passed by, but the next visit at 9 am showed that they had been evicted by the pair of Mute Swans who have been claiming this end of the lake.

The Coot nest foolishly built in the middle of the Long Water has now survived some quite strong winds and is steadily getting larger, as Coot nests do. Here one of the pair brings an ambitiously long twig.

The nest at the outflow of the Serpentine now has four eggs in it.

And a hidden nest on one of the reed rafts nearby has four chicks, although I could only get three into the same picture.

The Moorhen on the post near the bridge left her nest for a moment, and is seen here returning. Only one egg is visible, though three could be seen several days ago. They may all still be there but hidden by the nest lining.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes is nesting at the northeast corner of the Serpentine island. The baskets of plants make it hard to see from the shore, but also provide useful protection against gulls.

A Carrion Crow was drinking the rather scummy water in the pond at the top of the waterfall in the Dell.

The native wildflowers at the back of the Lido are beginning to blossom. This is a borage flower. Bees are very fond of borage, and it is being visited by a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee.


  1. The green tinted goslings are utterly charming. Will they be OK now the family has been evicted by the swans?

    1. With luck they should be OK. They don't really need to go back to the nest, and they have most attentive parents.