Sunday 4 November 2018

The Little Owl in Hyde Park could be seen in his usual place in the oak tree near Bluebird Boats.

Several flocks of Long-Tailed Tits were ranging around. This one paused on a gorse bush in the Rose Garden.

At the other end of the garden, a Chaffinch waited for a turn on the feeder.

A Grey Wagtail hunted along the edge of the stream in the Dell. I think there are only two of these in the park.

A Dunnock foraged unobstrusively in the shadow of the bushes near the bridge.

Just across the path, a Wood Pigeon eating berries overreached and was about to fall out of the tree.

The Black Swan was at the Vista again, resting peacefully. She wasn't being bothered by the dominant Mute Swans ...

... because they were busy driving away their teenagers, which they now think ought to be independent.

However, the two of their young afflicted by angel wing are still allowed to stay with them. Do swans experience pity?

A fine Shoveller drake passed by the Vista.

A pair of Egyptian Geese on the Serpentine companionably washed and preened together.

A few yards along the shore, a Moorhen splashed and preened. The bits where its beak can't reach are done with a foot.

All along the lake, Carrion Crows pulled rubbish out of the bins and examined it for edible scraps, making a glorious and anarchic mess. The wrapper of a portion of butter on a restaurant table provided an extra treat.

Sandwich boxes are particularly popular, as they contain crumbs and oozes of mayonnaise. As it says on the packet, 'Discover delicious everyday.'

A rat was also taking instructions literally.


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    1. Yes. Probably three pairs in Kensington Gardens and certainly at least one in Hyde Park. But they are very difficult to find, and only seen occasionally. When the leaves have fallen off we are going to have a serious evening owl-finding expedition, hoping to find trees they use in the day.