Sunday 27 August 2017

A Nuthatch appeared in the leaf yard, the first seen here for a couple of months.

A Goldcrest looked for insects in a yew tree in the Dell.

There were several Mistle Thrushes in the rowan trees at the top of Buck Hill.

A Starling caught the sunlight as it scavenged along the edge of the Serpentine.

The hedge alongside the enclosure of the Henry Moore sculpture has been trimmed. This allows a Grey Heron to stand close to the fence and wait for a rat to come incautiously close, when the heron will strike between the bars and haul it out.

The new brood of Great Crested Grebe chicks on the Long Water were beside an older chick from the previous brood.

One of the adults caught a fish far too large for the small chicks. I hope the older one got it.

The Moorhens in the Italian Garden were preening while one of their chicks shelted in the clump of plants.

Gulls are creatures of habit. The Lesser Black-Backs on the Serpentine always bathe in exactly the same patch of water.

If you start feeding Mute Swans from a pedalo, they will follow you around for the whole of your trip.

There are still some Emperor dragonflies in the air, though they are a bit tattered by now.

The shelter at the bottom of Buck Hill is used for picnics, boxing, kickboxing, karate, kendo, tae kwon do, capoeira and sometimes even sheltering from the rain. Today it's Latin dancing.


  1. "Duck food" is now being advertised for sale at the boat-hire windows. This means more and more boaters are being encouraged to feed the birds, casting morsels behind them and encouraging the amusing behaviour you filmed. All the better if it keeps them away from the white bread?

    1. The stuff they sell at the boat hire shop is healthy enough. Far be it from me to cast aspersions on its price.