Saturday 27 October 2018

The pigeon-killing Lesser Black-Backed Gull had a change from his usual diet when he found an uneaten hot dog at the Dell restaurant.

The Black Swan has now settled down on the shore nearby, where park visitors collect to throw unsuitable food to the waterfowl.

The young Mute Swan which was stranded in the Italian Garden fountain for several days with a minor wing injury seems to like the place. It has returned to the same pool.

More Shovellers have arrived on the Long Water.

There are now a dozen Common Gulls on the Round Pond.

A young Grey Heron looked for fish under the small waterfall in the Dell. I've never seen a heron catch a fish here, but they must succeed occasionally or they wouldn't hang around here.

Herons can balance on anything, even the top of a net, without apparent effort.

A Carrion Crow was less comfortable perching on the spiked railings near the bridge.

Another drank in the pool at the top of the Dell.

A Robin came out of a flower bed in the Rose Garden to eat seeds spilt from a feeder.

A few feet away a Wren perched on a rose bush.

A Coal Tit ate a pine nut. They like to live in pine trees and prise the seeds out of the cones.

A Blackbird ate fruit in a rowan on Buck Hill.

There was no sign here of yesterday's flock of Mistle Thrushes.


  1. I never stopped to consider how pretty the Wren's unassuming brown colour actually is. The rose bush sets it up perfectly.

    I have the disctintive and chilling feeling that Pigeon Killer would eat with equal enthusiasm fingers, if given the chance.

    It's funny that the Black Swan continues to be accompanied by a flotilla of Coot bodyguards, just like the previous time.

    1. It's not that the Coots are bodyguards. More simply, there are about 200 of them on the lake and you can't look anywhere without seeing some