Friday 26 April 2019

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was back in business in his old territory, from which he had been excluded by repair work on the Dell restaurant. He had just caught a pigeon ...

... and rather reluctantly allowed his mate to share it. The upward nodding of her head means 'I'm your mate, remember?'

Seven of these nine gulls on the posts at Peter Pan are Lesser Black-Backs, the largest number of this species I've seen on the Long Water.

It seems strange to see Grey Herons that are only a year old nesting, but there are now two such pairs on the island. We will have to see whether they produce any young, or are just playing.

One of them tried to break off a twig for the nest.

One of this year's two young herons can now usually be seen looking intently into the water from one of the floating baskets. There are certainly fish here, which can be seen from the bank. But I haven't seen it catch anything.

The nest behind their nest has a sitting bird in it full time, so we hope to see some more young ones.

The Coot nest at the Lido restaurant has a discarded egg at the edge. This often happens, and it doesn't seem that the eggs have rolled out of the well made nest by accident. I am guessing that the Coot can tell whether an egg is live or not by listening to a tiny heartbeat inside.

The Great Crested Grebe chick under the fallen tree on the Long Water is visibly larger than when first seen a few days ago.

So are these three Egyptian goslings resting with their mother on the edge of the Serpentine.

A pair of Mute Swans were making a nest on the west bank of the Long Water between the bridge and the Vista. This is a disastrous place, as there is a family of foxes only a few feet away from them in the bushes.

The white Mallard rested at the Dell restaurant, protected from the diners' feet by a low fence.

Both the Little Owls near the Albert Memorial were next to their nest hole. The actual hole is hidden by a branch and can't be seen from the ground.

A third Reed Warbler was singing in a reed bed on the west side of the Long Water.

Scavenging Starlings and Feral Pigeons pecked at a vegan pizza at the Lido restaurant, ignoring the vegetables and going for the base. They were much more enthusiastic about the remains of a plate of fish and chips.

A Wood Pigeon perched in some pretty pink hawthorn blossom, which it was more interested in eating than admiring.

The Coal Tit near the bridge was also in pink blossom. The top of her head is getting tatty, from which it seems that this is a female and her mate has been grabbing her roughly when mating.

A Long-Tailed Tit perched among new leaves.


  1. The pigeon prey in your video looks like a recently fledged bird so maybe more naive?

    Good to see a number of breeding successes in the park.

    1. Yes, the adult pigeons in the killer gull's territory are all very wary now, and he often has to go farther afield to get his lunch.

  2. The picture of the Coal Tit is lovely, but I feel for the poor tatty bird. It is only going to get worse once it starts feeding nestlings.

    The maw on Killer Gull...

    Starlings are scarily human like in their liking for unhealthy yet savoury cuisine.

    1. Herring Gulls and Black-Headed Gulls can pick up tennis balls in their beaks.

      Birds thrive on fat that would give a human a heart attack. Their fierce metabolisms burn it up in a moment.