Saturday 1 August 2015

The Coots nesting in the Italian Garden pond have started building a second nest, although their original one is in good shape and only a few feet away. The new nest is in a patch of waterlilies, which they are ripping up in their usual way.

Coots just can't stop building nests.

The Great Crested Grebe family on the Serpentine are not worried by boats passing close by. At the slightest sign of danger they would all dive in a flash.

The young Lesser Black-Backed Gull whose parents are the piegeon-eating gulls was following them around the lake mewing to be fed. It got too close to another Lesser Black-Back and was chased away.

This picture shows how you can distinguish between a juvenile Lesser Black-Back and a Herring Gull, which look closely similar in most ways. Lesser Black-Backs have dark tips to all their primary feathers. In Herring Gulls the inner primaries have pale grey tips.

A Reed Warbler was looking out of the patch of reeds near the bridge.

The young Robins are now beginning to grow their red feathers.

A large group of Long-Tailed Tits was working its way up the Flower Walk.

Paths fringed with small trees and bushes are the best places to see and photograph these birds. Although they fly around rapidly, the flock as a whole moves up the line of vegetation at about walking speed, so it is easy to keep pace with them.

The rowan trees on Buck Hill had several Magpies in them eating the berries.

A patch of cardoons near the allotment had attracted some honeybees.

These plants are halfway between thistles and globe artichokes, and the heads are edible.

The male Little Owl disappeared in the middle of the day, but when I came past at 4.45 he obligingly appeared and flew on to his favourite branch.

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