Friday 8 November 2019

Two Grey Herons had a disagreement on the edge of the Serpentine.

The notorious Lesser Black-Backed Gull had finished his breakfast pigeon, and was resting on the roof of the Dell restaurant before picking up his lunch.

A Grey Wagtail ran along the edge of the restaurant terrace, a good place for insects because of food split from the tables.

A Wood Pigeon had a difficult time eating holly berries, and eventually lost its grip on the twig.

A Blackbird ate fruit in a yew tree beside the Long Water. Unlike a Rose-Ringer Parakeet, which spits out the poisonous stone, a Blackbird eats the whole thing, but the stone passes through the bird's hasty digestive system untouched.

Another ate an arbutus fruit in the Dell.

There was also a Wren here.

The male Little Owl near the Henry Moore sculpture was in the lime tree in the middle of Buck Hill where I photographed him last.

Tom was at Rainham, where he got some excellent pictures of the two Barn Owls there.

There is also a Short-Eared Owl there at the moment.

The Great Crested Grebes at the island are ignoring the begging of their three teenagers. It's time for them to find their own fish.

A Gadwall preened under the red brick wall of a boathouse.

The Black Swan is still on the Round Pond.


  1. I spent a while watching the new Black Swan. Unlike our former friend, it didn’t push through to the front of the feeding group. As you mentioned, the other day, it was flustered by all the Black-headed Gulls flapping round it

    1. It doesn't like sunflower seeds either, which the old Black Swan really went for.

    2. Just our luck that we should have got a timid or shy Black Swan.

    3. It doesn't seem to interact with the Mute Swans at all. Quite unlike our old swan, who both flirted and fought with them. It had better not go down to the main lake, or it will be in for a rude shock when it meets one of the three big male bullies.