Monday 10 December 2018

The Little Owl near the Queen's Temple could be seen in her hole in the horse chestnut tree.

One of the Nuthatches in the leaf yard came to take food from my hand. They only do this in winter when they're hungry.

The Coal Tit in the shrubbery near the bridge comes down all the year round. They can't resist pine nuts, and in the wild they are often found in stone pines, the species that bears the pine nuts sold in shops.

David Element found a blue Rose-Ringed Parakeet with the other parakeets in Kensington Gardens. It's probably an escaped bird that has found companions. There was a pink one here a few years ago.

A young Herring Gull idly tugged at a bit of netting. Gulls love pulling strings.

A Grey Heron merged into the stonework of the Italian Garden.

The Italian Garden attracts Mute Swans for some reason that is not clear, as they have a hard time getting out of the enclosure. There were three today. The fountains aren't working at the moment, as the drains are blocked with dead leaves

The Black Swan was at the Vista, reaching up to grab a bit of bread.

Mute Swans clustered on the bank in the shelter of the collapsed willow, which shields them from the gaze of the dominant swan.

The willow also sheltered a resting Pochard.

A group of Cormorants preened on the fallen horse chestnut tree in the Long Water.

Others were fishing together ...

... and a young one with a very white front was on a fallen poplar near Peter Pan.

A Great Crested Grebe poked around in the shallow water at the edge of the Serpentine. I don't think it was just looking for fish, I think it was finding some small edible creatures here.


  1. Poor things, huddled together to escape the stern eye of the dominant brute.

    Cormorants remind me of little Nessies cruising around.

    1. The swans are all right there. On the bank, they can't be seriously harassed by the boss swan on the water. And when he isn't around, they can nip in and out by the nearby bridge which marks the edge of his territory.

  2. The Ring-necked Parakeets can come in quite a range of colours. I remember a few years back we had a yellow one in our local park. Maybe a recent escapee or a natural mutation.

    Lovely shot of the Little Owl.