Monday 17 September 2018

It was a blustery day, as a Carrion Crow found when it perched on a twig.

Another crow was enjoying a spin on the weather vane on top of the Lido restaurant.

There were three dead pigeons at the edge of the Serpentine today. I really think they can't all be the work of the notorious killer Lesser Black-Back, and that another gull must have picked up the skill of taking pigeons. Some have tried, but none has had much success till now. A young gull finished off the remains of one victim, watched by a hungry Carrion Crow.

A Magpie dug in the dry earth of a flower bed. Possibly there was an ants' nest here.

One of the Dunnocks near the bridge was foraging under the bushes.

A Blue Tit waited in the shade to be fed.

A new feeder in the Rose Garden has a cage to keep out the Rose-Ringed Parakeets. They were furious.

Thanks to Jon Ferguson for this picture.

A Greylag Goose got a bit of Arab flatbread, and had to run like fury while eating it to keep the other birds from grabbing it.

A Cormorant caught a perch, and had to turn it round to swallow it head first, because of the spiny dorsal fin.

The young Great Crested Grebes from the island are growing their black crests.

The two new Moorhen chicks in the Italian Garden fountain were with their parents in the water lilies.

The Coot chick that was saved when it was washed over the weir is now diving for its own food.

The three chicks from the east end of the Serpentine were hanging out together on a lazy sunny afternoon.

In America they say 'Go jump in the lake.' Here they just put up a notice.

But at least you get a life belt.


  1. Is there a faint hope that the gulls will kill ALL the pigeons in London!!

    1. In the park the gulls are killing maybe 500 pigeons a year. Regular Sparrowhawk visits account for several hundred more -- you often see the telltale circles of feathers. The number of pigeons being predated must be close to the total pigeon population in the park, though it's impossible to give any kind of accurate figure for either. Does the number of pigeons decline? Not in the least -- there are always more to come in from outside to fill any deficiency. You would need great teams of raptors to make the slightest difference.

  2. Pigeons will survive a nuclear war, I'm certain.Like cockroaches.

    That gaggle of geese running after the happy possessor of the piece of bread looks like a zombie run.

  3. Pigeons- perhaps that's why they breed so much: Nature knows a lot are going to get eaten. Each has their place. Mostly. Except for us, probably.

    1. Everything fills its niche, but we have overfilled ours and there is no predator in sight.