Saturday 5 August 2017

A group of Magpies enjoyed a scuffle on the Vista.

A Carrion Crow was raiding a rubbish bin near the Rose Garden.

It flew away, and I tidily put everything back in the bin. The crow returned and gave me a reproachful look before pulling it all out again and extracting part of a sandwich.

In the Rose Garden, the usual Dunnock came out under the feeder.

So did the young Robin. It lay down on the path to bask in the sun.

When the midday thunderstorm had gone and the sun came out again, so did the female Little Owl at the leaf yard.

A Great Crested Grebe was feeding one of its three chicks near the Serpentine island, where the pair nested.

The family were disturbed by the arrival of the grebes next door, and the two pairs circled in a threatening posture. The intruders did a display.

But as usual the winner was the family with chicks. Chicks give grebes a moral advantage.

The family of Moorhens can usually be seen at the east end of the bridge. See how nimbly the chicks walk over the submerged  wire baskets.

A teenage Moorhen examined a post near the Vista, hoping to find bugs in the algae.

The Black Swan was cruising quietly near the Diana memorial.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was at Peter Pan again. He had just eaten a pigeon, and his face was bloodstained. He was again being pestered by a juvenile gull. Clearly it's his.

A Jersey Tiger moth perched on a buddleia flower near the Serpentine bridge.

The wildflower patch behind the Lido has been a bit substandard this year, with not enough varieties. But some borage has come up, and it's a magnet for Honeybees.


  1. Hi Ralph- not a Garden Tiger Moth which is now rare in the London area but the increasingly common Jersey Tiger which is now widespread in many parts of London.