Friday 1 September 2017

Today's blog will be in two parts: a quick trip round the park, and then off to Rainham Marshes, where there's a late opening night. Part two should be up by late tonight. By the way, there's another late opening on Friday 8 September.

The Egyptian Geese have restarted their ritual of perching on trees and doing a noisy display. They will be at it all winter. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are about to nest, though Egyptians will breed at any time of year.

A pair of Gadwalls have arrived on the Serpentine, probably from Buckingham Palace. They come and go erratically in small numbers.

So do Red-Crested Pochards, of which there are a fair number at the moment. This one was drinking at the edge of the Serpentine.

A few yards up the shore, the Black Swan was scratching his ear.

A Cormorant drying its wings on a post looked glossy in the sunshine.

At Bluebird Boats there was a Coot on every outboard motor. Let's hope they don't try to build nests on the propellers.

A young Moorhen posed elegantly on a fallen kerbstone at Peter Pan.

A Robin sang in a hawthorn near the Queen's Temple.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits were looking for insects lower in the same tree.

The rowan trees on Buck Hill were busy with at least a dozen Mistle Thrushes ...

... and several Starlings eating the berries.


  1. That clip of the Robin singing just made my day.
    That picture of the shiny Starling among the mass of red is so wonderful. Starlings are so photogenic.
    Eagerly looking forward to pictures of today's visit to Rainham Marshes.

    1. Robins are irresistible. It was a good day at Rainham, and I got far more pictures than I could use.