Monday 27 June 2016

A pair of Moorhens have made in nest in a very strange place, on a coil of rope in a box on one of Bluebird Boats' powerboats.

There are eggs.

The boat people are trying to use the boat as little as possible, but it is impossible not to disturb the sitting bird, and it is doubtful that the nest will succeed.

The Mandarin family at the Vista still has seven ducklings, thanks to the cover of the bushes and the fairly low number of gulls.

The Coots' nest in the netting east of the Lido has just hatched out.

One of the young Grey Herons on the island was making an tentative flight, a short hop from one tree to another.

A Greylag Goose which has just regrown its wing feathers was also experimenting with flight.

The Bar-Headed Goose swam over to the island and climbed ashore. It has probably been spending a lot of time here while it moults, which is why we see it so seldom.

The aggressive Mute Swan on the Serpentine was giving the Black Swan a hard time, following it all over the lake. The Black Swan was too proud to give in and fly away, so this went on for some time.

A young Coal Tit in a yew tree near the bridge was following its parents around calling for food.

The male Little Owl near the leaf yard was in his usual chestnut tree.

And the female was in the tree just up the hill.

The owlets could be heard, and one flew to another tree, but I couldn't get a picture.

A Red Admiral butterfly was resting on a leaf on the west side of the Long Water.


  1. What did the Black Swan end up doing? That Mute Swan is atrociously large, and perhaps not even pluck and bravery can make up for sheer brute force.

    1. He just keeps a distance away that will not quite provoke a charge. It annoys the Mute Swan a lot.

    2. Oh, I see, psychological warfare. The Black Swan is as clever as he is handsome.