Friday 25 August 2017

The pair pf pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on the Serpentine had to keep the Carrion Crows away from their lunch.

The Great Crested Grebe family on the Long Water still had an elder chick hanging around hoping to be fed.

But the chicks on the Serpentine are now quite independent and fishing for themselves.

A Moorhen in the Italian Garden found a small larva to give to a chick.

A Mallard was, strangely, eating an acorn. Thanks to Tom for this unusual picture.

The Black Swan came over to be fed.

The Mute Swan family who regularly trespass on the Long Water and are chased off by the residents were chewing algae off the fence around the reed bed.

One of the residents' teenage cygnets flapped a pair of fully grown wings. Soon the four will be charging down the lake trying to get airborne. It takes some time for them to learn how to fly.

A Blackcap in a tree near the bridge ate an elderberry.

A Goldcrest was leaping about in a yew tree at the top of the Dell.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits passed through.

The female Little Owl at the leaf yard was in her tree, but hard to see among the leaves.


  1. I thought the crows were going to mount a well-planned strategic assault on the gulls (they are such good strategists!) but in this case brawns prevailed over brains. That Gull is massive, even side by side with the crows.

    Is the Black Swan coming over to be fed by you? Is he finally remembering his old friends?

    1. I cut the video after that crows had assembled, because nothing came of it and two of the four flew away. They were wise not to get too close to that terrible beak, which can bite a pigeon's head off.

  2. BTW, what a lovely and tender image of the Moorhen parent and chick.