Wednesday 3 June 2015

The young Goldcrests in the nest at the bridge are getting restless, and occasionally climbing out of their nest. Soon they will be flying around with their parents.

This doesn't come a minute too soon, as there was a pair of Magpies above them in the yew tree, which fortunately left without seeing them.

There was an early damselfly in a bush next to this tree. I think it's a female Common Blue -- usually female dragonflies and damselflies are brown, whatever the colour of the males.

There were also a couple of dragonflies out on the Long Water, too far away for me to be sure of their species.

A Blackcaps' nest in a tree on the other side of the Long Water, near the Rudolf Steiner bench, was also under threat from Magpies. Both Blackcaps were tut-tutting furiously at them until they left.

The pair of Swans on the Long Water who want to nest on the artificial island are clearly very fond of each other.

But the Canada Goose remains in possession of the island.

The single Canada gosling on the Serpentine is still thriving.

And there is a brand new Greylag gosling, seen today near the Lido.

The Coots' nest at the Serpentine outflow now has one egg in it. This picture was taken downwards from the parapet of the fake bridge over the weir.

The Great Crested Grebes' nest on the nearby reed raft is clearly a going concern, though it is quite invisible. The parents keep emerging from under the raft after diving out of the gap in the middle, and return sometimes carrying bits of weed to maintain the nest.

The male Little Owl was seen in the leaf yard, though he had moved by the time I arrived. Since he has not been seen in his nest tree for a couple of days, it seems likely that the pair have left the nest, taking their young with them.