Tuesday 1 October 2019

The morning rain was greeted enthusiastically by Blackbirds looking for worms ...

... and ignored by a young Moorhen in the flooded Italian Garden.

Later the sun came out and a wet Feral Pigeon did its best to bask in the damp grass.

A young Wood Pigeon simply sat in the flowing water on the edge of the Dell waterfall.

Sunlight brings out the fine blue and green iridescence on the wings and tail of a Magpie.

A Robin sang its winter song in the bushes near Peter Pan.

Robins lined the railings on either side of the Flower Walk, where many people come to feed them.

The Starlings' favourite holly tree beside the Long Water resounded with their chatter.

Ahmet Amerikali was photographing small birds in the shrubbery next to the bridge, and got some good pictures of a female Blackcap ...

... a male Chaffinch ...

... and a Wren.

The three Great Crested Grebe chicks at the east end of the island were learning how and where to fish by following their parents under water.

The two at the bridge are growing their adult black crests.

Several unattached adults hang around next to the south shore of the Serpentine.

A Chicken of the Woods fungus has appeared on a tree beside the path between the leaf yard and the Long Water.


  1. God, Grebe chicks are so adorable I could melt.

    Taking a breather from writing a grant proposal to listen to the sweet Robin winter song - even if briefly, life is good.

  2. Your fine picture of the Magpie reminded me that I meant to ask your advice on feeding them. Now the autumn is here I'm getting accosted again by a variety of corvids that know I carry a few peanuts, and I'm wondering if I should discourage the magpies? You seem to exempt them, which suggeste there's a good reason not to feed them.

    1. Magpies get a bad press, but I don't think they are any more destructive than other corvids. I give them peanuts sometimes, and there's a regular customer near Queen's Gate.

    2. Thank you. I can now enjoy them again.