Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The disused Coot's nest in the willow tree near the Italian Garden is a habitual fishing platform for the local Grey Heron, and remains popular with other birds. A Young Great Crested Grebe climbed on to it for a rest ...

... and a Moorhen found it a useful source of algae.

A hundred yards up the lake, the terrapin, which hasn't been seen for months, unexpectedly reappared on a dead tree. Unfortunately it's head wasn't visible, but it was almost certainly the Red-Eared Slider which often climbed up a branch to bask in the sunshine last year.

Behind it are two Shovellers. and more came out and crossed the lake in a procession. This is the first sight of them returned from migration. The males are still in eclipse, and it will take them a while to regrow their beautiful plumage.

On the Serpentine, a Mute Swan was enjoying a vigorous wash.

The Reed Warblers were moving around in the reed bed near the bridge.

And the Little Owl was in last year's nest tree, sitting on a different branch which gave a better view of him.

A Hobby was seen flying over Kensington Gardens this morning, but it left just before I arrived, and I missed it.

A pair of Common Darter dragonflies were mating near the Vista. It is a long and complicated business.

There was a clump of Shaggy Parasol mushrooms (Chlorophyllum rhacodes) on the west side of the Long Water near the bridge.

They are commoner in the park than the true Parasol (Macrolepiota procera), which is one of the best edible mushrooms. Shaggy Parasols are not recommended for eating, as many people are allergic to them and suffer gastric upsets.

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