Thursday 28 January 2016

The sunshine had brought out insects, even on a chilly midwinter day, and the birds were busy hoovering them up. A Long-Tailed Tit was clinging to a vertical branch ...

... and a Nuthatch had gone completely over the top ...

... but, as usual, the prize for defying gravity went to a Treecreeper, running along the underside of a branch. It has an insect on its pointed tongue.

A Blue Tit was in a more conventional position, probing a leaf bud for possible insects.

This is one of the pair of Song Thrushes whose male often sings in winter in the leaf yard.

A Carrion Crow in a tree near the Serpentine island was rattling menacingly at some passing gulls.

A Jackdaw beside the Henry Moore statue was peacefully enjoying a peanut when a Magpie darted in and tried to seze it.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes were starting to build a nest under the willow tree near the bridge.

This is the second time they have begun a nest this winter. They are not serious about it, and don't have a chance of breeding until summer when the supply of small fish is adequate for feeding their chicks.

Incidentally, the number of Cormorants on the lake is way down, a sign that they have pretty much fished the place out.

A Mandarin drake came across the lake to Peter Pan.

The Black Swan was at the landing stage by the Diana fountain, alone.

His girlfriend -- or perhaps ex-girlfriend, I haven't seen them together for days now -- was at the far end of the Serpentine.


  1. What is happening near the funfair can you get there now?

    1. The whole area is fenced off while they lay turf, which incidentally costs half a million quid a pop. As soon as the new turf is looking good they ruin it again with their summer concerts. But there are birds on the mess -- see today's post.