Thursday 31 August 2017

The three new Great Crested Grebe chicks were with their parents under the Serpentine bridge, being brought fish.

Two of the young Mute Swans on the Long Water were rushing around flapping. None of them has managed to get airborne yet.

The Black Swan was preening under the other side of the bridge.

Farther along the Serpentine shore, a Carrion Crow was finishing off one of the notorious Lesser Black-Backed Gull's kills ...

... while the gull went in search of his next meal.

A Grey Heron landed on the roof of one of the small boathouses.

There was the sound of a Little Owl calling from a tree a hundred yards south of the usual chestnut tree near the leaf yard. It's a very tall horse chestnut next to the path that goes in front of the Queen's Temple. There are two large new patches running right across the tarmac here, which makes it easy to find the tree. Finding the owl in the leaves is harder.

A Wren was hopping around on the path near the bridge.

The strayed racing pigeon is still in the Rose Garden.

Above him, a Small White butterfly perched on a rose.

A Common Darter dragonfly was basking in the sunshine at the top of the Dell waterfall.

It took off and flew over a patch of bright green duckweed.


  1. Those cygnets are so endearingly clumsy. One has to fight the urge to cuddle them and tell them it'll be all right in the end.

    Now to read back like crazy. What did I miss?

    1. They do seem to have a lot of trouble getting into the air. Other species of swans migrate thousands of miles. Do their youngsters also struggle to take off, or is it a Mute Swan problem?