Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The notorious pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull took time off from hunting to have a good wash, diving into the lake to rinse himself.

During the returfing operation on the Parade Ground machines are going around shredding and redistributing the soil. Black-Headed Gulls follow them closely, picking up worms ready chopped into bite-sized pieces.

The work frightened away most of the smaller birds, but there was still just one Redwing ...

... and a Pied Wagtail.

A Blue Tit ...

... and a Robin near the bridge came out to be fed.

A Magpie looked down coolly from a branch.

When I went past the island in the morning there was only one Grey Heron, the one sitting in the nest on the south side, huddled down out of the chilly wind.

Later the others came back and the bird was relieved on the nest by its mate.

There were two herons in a nest on the north side again. This pair now seems to be serious about breeding.

Later all of them except the sitting heron went off to wait for their daily feeding session.

A Coot started making a nest under the dead willow on the Long Water with twigs ...

... and an old plastic bag.

Two Moorhens poked around in dead leaves blown to the edge of the lake.

Ian Young sent the latest picture of the young Black Swan in St James's Park. He reports that it's now marching up to people and demanding food.


  1. He still has a two-coloured neck, right? I wonder who taught him to charm food off park visitors.

    Pigeon killer is a really agile and powerful bird. It is so graceful and yet so full of power.

    1. I think his (or her, who knows?) black neck feathers are beginning to spread down, and in a while the feathers with grey tips will be replaced.

      Pigeon Killer is magnificent when you stop applying human morality to him.