Friday, 5 January 2018

A Grey Wagtail ran about in the shallow water at the top of the Dell waterfall.

A sunny spell started the Robin at the back of the Lido singing.

It was colder today, which brought out a lot of Great Tits to be fed.

A few Long-Tailed Tits were working their way through the trees near the bridge.

Two female Rose-Ringed Parakeets climbed into their winter shelters.

These holes in the plane trees near the boathouses have been used as Starlings' nests. They are probably too low for parakeets to nest in, and last year the Starlings were still holding on to them.

A Magpie stared suspiciously from a bench under the statue of Big Bird.

A Jackdaw near the Italian Garden looked hopeful, and did indeed get a peanut.

Both the Peregrines were on the barracks tower again.

A young Herring Gull dived to pull up something to play with, but surfaced with an uninteresting old plastic bag, which it quickly dropped.

A Black-Headed Gull posed for a portait.

For some time Cormorants have been using one of the rafts at the east end of the Serpentine as a perch. The fence they used to sit on has collapsed, the raft has drifted right inshore so that they are uncomfortably close to people, and it's disintegrating. But habits die hard, and they are still on the raft.

A Coot looked indignant when a Little Grebe surfaced right in front of it.

Not even a Moorhen can walk on water. It's standing on the submerged wall under the marble fountain at the edge of the Italian Garden.

A skein of Canada Geese wheeled over the Serpentine before descending.

The high winds have brought down a big tree on to the Diana fountain, and it is being busily sawn up. It's too early to see whether the thing has sprung a leak and another hugely expensive repair will be needed.


  1. Hiya Ralph,

    Out of interest, where's best to stand and view the Peregrines?

    Cheers mate and good patch birding !!


    1. They're on the side of the barracks tower facing the park, just below the sloping part of the roof. Best place to stand is on the football fields, that is, the former site of the Crystal Palace.