Saturday 28 October 2017

Both Little Owls at the leaf yard could be seen today. The female was in a horse chestnut tree 20 yards west of the one where the male often perches. I only found her because she was calling.

The male was in the nest tree, a welcome sight as we haven't seen much of him lately.

Tom found and photographed a Song Thrush in the same tree yesterday. These beautiful and melodious birds have become really rare in the park, largely because of destruction of their habitat by blowing leaves out of the shrubberies.

There were a couple of Mistle Thrushes in trees near the rowans on Buck Hill, but I couldn't get a picture of them. However, there were several Blackbirds eating rowan berries. One stared suspiciously, but held her ground.

A Great Tit also gave me a piercing stare, but in this case because he wanted me to stop photographing and give him a pine nut.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull had breakfasted at the Lido restaurant, and left the remains for the crows ...

... while he went to pick up some lunch.

A Crow was going through the rubbish in a bin beside the Serpentine. The technique is to turn a bag upside down and shake out the contents ...

... which can then be examined one by one.

A flock of Starlings were prospecting for wireworms in the Diana fountain enclosure. The large area of grass is free from dogs, and people usually keep to the paths around the watercourse. so it's a peaceful hunting ground.

A young Mute Swan and and adult were washing on the Serpentine.

The Black Swan was on the shore at the Vista, fending off pigeons from some birdseed I had given him. He thought he was far enough from the edge to avoid being bitten by the resident Mute Swans, but he was wrong.

There was just one pair of Gadwalls on the Serpentine, in contrast to fourteen pairs in St James's Park. I've never seen more than eight pairs here.


  1. He may be pretty, but that Mute Swan is a bit of a brute.

    That picture of the Gull picking up lunch is scary. It looks for all the world like a T-Rex. Sometimes I think that if God wanted humanking out of the way, he'd create a three-metre tall Gull.

    1. It's likely that T. rex had feathers. Certainly some of his relatives did. Imagine him dressed as a giant Great Spotted Woodpecker.

    2. Now I'm never going to be able to look at a Great Spotted Woodpecker the same again!

      That Great Tit looks plenty imperious.