Saturday 5 November 2016

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull ran at a pigeon and missed. Someone kindly gave him a Pringle crisp to soothe his disappointment.

A young Herring Gull dived into the lake to seize something that looked interesting, but it turned out to be only an empty green plastic bag from Harrods.

Still, the game of rolling a conker down the slope at the edge of the lake never palls.

A Black-Headed Gull was hanging around the Dell restaurant looking hopefully for scraps.

A visit to the Rose Garden produced a male Chaffinch poking around behind the railings.

There are not many Chaffinches in the park. All that I have seen recently are unaffected (so far, anyway) by the virus disease that causes scaly growths on their legs, and eventually makes them unable to perch.  Possibly these are young birds, and the previous generation have been killed off by the disease. It is probably too much to hope that the epidemic has burnt itself out.

There was also a Dunnock picking up grit on the path.

A Starling was drinking from a puddle at the edge of the Serpentine.

An Egyptian Goose was enjoying the delicious bubbly water in the Diana fountain. Who needs Perrier?

This Egyptian on the Serpentine is very undersized and rather tatty, but it seemed to be in good spirits and was strolling about eating lime leaves.

A Moorhen was turning over leaves at the top of the Dell fountain, no doubt hoping to find bugs underneath.

A Blackbird was eating berries in the yew near Peter Pan.

One of the Little Owls at the Albert Memorial was in the nest hole again. This is practically the same as yesterday's picture, but at least there was a bit more light.

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