Saturday 13 April 2019

A Chaffinch sang in a horse chestnut tree near the Serpentine Gallery.

A male Blackcap found a small larva.

A Mistle Thrush had a beakful of insects which he was collecting for his mate or nestlings nar the Serpentine Gallery.

Several Starlings are nesting in the eaves of the shelter at the foot of Buck Hill.

A Coal Tit worked hard to extract a piece of nut from a feeder in the Dell, and flew off with it.

A Carrion Crow fund some leftover hummus in a rubbish bin. You would have expected a crow to like hummus, but it didn't, maybe because it was low-fat ...

... and dropped it back in the bin and went on with tossing out objects to find something more palatable.

A Jay gave the camera a severe stare.

The female Little Owl near the Henry Moore sculpture was at the front of her hole.

The female owl near the Albert Memorial was also on her new nest tree.

Julia got a good picture of the pair together on Wednesday.

There are ten Black-Headed Gulls on the Serpentine. At least eight of them are newly arrived. It's not clear whether they're late leavers or early returners.

A view of the Grey Heron chick in the nest on the south side of the island, taken from across the lake.

For several days I have only seen two of the three young herons from the first nest, and hope that nothing has happened to the third.

Two Little Grebes were fishing under the bridge.

A Coot has built a nest on a sunken pedalo next to the island. A young Herring Gull waited for its chance.

A Mandarin trotted along the top of the bank behind the Lido swimming area. It seems that two pairs are nesting in trees near here, an unusual place for them as they usually nest in Kensington Gardens.

Builders are flying a hawk-shaped kite on a building in Knightsbridge to deter pigeons from their site. The pigeons didn't seem alarmed.


  1. I will always remember fondly a glorious picture of a handful of crows perched impudently on top of a particularly menacing scarecrow. Sad that I can't find it in order to leave the link here.

    1. Crows can recognise me as a peanut-carrying individual from at least 200 yards away. You can't fool them for a moment with a scarecrow, any more than you can fool pigeons with a not very realistic plastic kite.