Saturday 15 September 2018

A Great Spotted Woodpecker called from a tree on Buck Hill, then flew over the road into Hyde Park.

The female Kestrel seems to have completely abandoned Buck Hill, but has been reported several times between the Italian Garden and the Round Pond. I hadn't been able to find her there, but today she was calling at the top of a horse chestnut tree.

The Little Owl was in the oak tree near Bluebird Boats. The only angle he could be seen from was looking straight into the sun.

This is the teenage heron that may have come from the invisible upper nest on the Serpentine island. It was in the Italian Garden looking for fish in one of the fountains -- there are lots of small perch here. Its legs were covered with duckweed.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull had again taken two Feral Pigeons. He was eating the second, and decided that there was too much disturbance on the shore so he carried it into the lake.

A pair of Wood Pigeons at the top of the waterfall in the Dell enjoyed the sensation of water running fast over their feet.

Treecreepers can often be seen in and around the southwest corner of the leaf yard.

As autumn sets in, the two Nuthatches here are now coming regularly to be fed ...

... and so are plenty of Great Tits ...

... and Blue Tits, now looking very smart after they have got their new plumage.

The white Mallard has also got a new set of feathers, which are cream-coloured and will take a couple of months to fade to white.

The West of England Goose at the Round Pond was grazing among a crowd of Black-Headed Gulls.

The Coot chick that survived being washed over the weir was still being fed by its parents. A bit of plastic bag was examined for any snails that might be on it and discarded, and then a small worm was found and given to the chick.


  1. Very glad to see that the Coot chick is doing so well!

    Of course the Little Owl would choose that spot. It knows so well that it is one of the Park's star and can make as many unreasonable demands of us their adoring public as any other cinema star.

    1. The owl will only perch there on a warm sunny day with little wind. But at least he now tolerates being photographed.