Monday 17 April 2017

A Green Woodpecker can often be heard laughing sardonically at the southeast corner of the leaf yard.

Blackcaps also reveal themselves even when not singing by the loud ticking noises they make.

A Pied Wagtail, which had been busily hunting insects over the Serpentine, rested on the railing at the Lido swimming area.

A Long-Tailed Tit was busy finding bugs for its nestlings.

So was a Robin.

The male Little Owl in the chestnut tree near the leaf yard looked down from his hole.

There was no sign of the owl at the Albert Memorial, not surprisingly as there was an Egyptian Goose on top of the hole. This place is much troubled by intruding birds of many species.

The Egyptian family at the Lido were resting on the plastic non-slip mat provided for swimmers.

On the other side of the lake, one of the blond goslings was wandering too far from its parents. Only three of this brood survive.

One of Blondie's goslings, now big enough to be safe from gulls, was stretching its wings. Thanks to Virginia for this pleasing picture.

The Mute Swan nesting next to the Diana fountain landing stage has five eggs -- this was reported by Marie, but the swan wouldn't stand up when I was there.

The pair near the bridge were busy maintaining their nest, which is ornamented with a wide variety of junk.

But only a few feet away there was an abandoned swan egg. Maybe it had been laid by a different swan.

The Coot brood at the east end of the Serpentine were being fed on and off the nest.

A Great Crested Grebe on the island was getting bored. The parents swap places on the nest every half hour or so, so that they can go fishing.

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