Monday 17 August 2020

Back to typical English summer weather.

It even managed to rain while the sun was shining.

As I suspected, the dominant Mute Swans on the Long Water with their three cygnets ...

... have evicted the swans with one cygnet, one of which was on the other side of the bridge in the drab company of Coots.

Just up the shore, three Tufted drakes preened. They are coming out of eclipse and regrowing their smart white sides.

A Moorhen in the Dell fed a chick.

This teenage Moorhen in the Italian Garden is the sole survivor of the resident pair's first brood, and coexists happily with the younger chicks.

The young Grey Heron had caught enough fish for the time being and was resting in front of a patch of purple loosestrife.

The two young Hobbies on the west side of the Ranger's Lodge garden called to each other from the treetops.

Two Long-Tailed Tits perched on a twig together.

A Blue Tit, a Great Tit and a Wren all searched for insects in the rotten wood of a dead tree near the bridge.

There was also a female Chaffinch.

A Rose-Ringed Parakeet ate fruit in a rowan tree on Buck Hill, in a typically messy way wasting much more than it ate.

The pair of Magpies at the bottom of Buck Hill were together in a lime tree.

Myriads of Common Wasps have appeared in the park. They clustered on an apple that someone had put out for the parakeets.


  1. Can they fly already, or are they making flight exercises still?

    Having had up close and personal experiences with Asian Hornets the past few days (basically we had to up and quickly leave from eating al fresco, because they kept deciding to join us for the meal), even a myriad of common wasps is preferable!

    1. The young Hobbies? Oh yes, they can certainly fly, and are moving around from tree to tree.