Tuesday 22 May 2018

There is another brood of Greylag Geese, nine goslings. Their parents took them to be with the other two broods of six and four at the Lido. They approached in a slightly threatening posture -- 'Let me in or else.' But they were accepted, and all grazed peacefully.

All the Canada goslings were at the Lido too.

This pair of Egyptian Geese, of which the male has a blond head, have taken to nesting near the Triangle car park next to the bridge. It's not a good place, far too exposed, and they have never succeeded in keeping their young alive. But the male busily chased off a larger goose, a Canada--Greylag hybrid of which there are several in the park.

But Blondie is the blondest of them all. She was preening her ash-grey wings at the far end of the Serpentine.

The Mute Swan family were eating the algae that has grown on the Long Water as a result of the recent warm weather. It's remarkable how the cygnets manage to grow on a diet of this soggy stuff.

The Great Crested Grebes like the algae for another reason. It shelters fish, which the agile grebes can easily catch by dodging amid the strands.

One of the grebe chicks at the island washed and preened and flapped its little wings. The chicks have fairly well developed wings when they hatch, and use them like arms for crawling up on to their parent's back.

The older Coot chicks have now outgrown their peculiar red and yellow heads, and are becoming grey and white.

The net put over the tern raft to prevent birds (including terns, of course) has not been effective. A pair of Coots have simply nested on top of it.

Both the Grey Herons on the lower nest were preening. But I am fairly sure that this nest is no longer active.

A heron stood on an urn in the Italian Garden ...

... in a pose recalling the Doubtful Guest in Edward Gorey's finely creepy book.

A Carrion Crow posed in a tree, doing its best to look fluffy and adorable.

This very brief clip shows  a Mistle Thrush flying low over the head of a Carrion Crow that has come too near its nest.

A Pied Wagtail searched for insects in the debris washed up on the edge of the Serpentine.

There was a Grey Wagtail at the Dell restaurant again. They are certainly nesting under the little plank bridge in the Dell.

Julia got this year's first picture of a young Long-Tailed Tit. It was near the Serpentine bridge.

The male Little Owl near the leaf yard was more visible today. He looked over his shoulder because some crows were squabbling on the ground.


  1. Great to see all the Canada babies are in good order. Sometimes I am amazed that Canadian people should be so nice and polite, and yet their eponymous bird is the picture of ill-manners, brass and cheek.

    Look how pretty Blondie is looking! And an excellent new addition to the entertaining series of birds posing on urns, and their literary or artistic resemblances.

    Great action shot of the brave Mistle Thrush harassing the Crow. Aerial superiority wins everytime.

    1. One of these days if I am lucky I will get video of a pair of Mistle Thrushes attacking a Magpie, with both birds swooping alternately over its head rattling furiously.

    2. I just saw this brief clip of Crag Martins buzzing a grown Black Kite in Monfragüe. Absolutely remarkable.

    3. Yes, though you have to watch it several times on a full screen to see what's happening.