Wednesday, 4 November 2020

A beautiful sunny day, but no exciting visitors. The usual birds got on with their daily tasks. A Robin found a small larva in a flower bed.

Another sang in the car park near the Diana memorial fountain. You can just hear a rival replying from the next territory.

A Pied Wagtail perched on the roof of one of the boathouses and found a Black-Headed Gull staring at it ...

... so it flew to the other boathouse and looked for insects lurking between the tiles.

One of the regular Jays waited for its regular peanut.

A Magpie which had been washing in the lake dried itself and preened on a branch.

Another looked through the fence of the Lido restaurant, waiting for a table to become vacant.

The Grey Herons know when lunch is finishing and they have a chance to grab leftovers.

A Starling had the same idea in mind.

Probably the rarest birds in Central London: the hens at the allotment.

A solitary Common Gull stood on a buoy. Even in their preferred place, the Round Pond, there are only a few of them.

A Lesser Black-Backed Gull preened on a post under the bridge ...

... and on the other side a Pochard crossed the lake briskly, leaving quite a wake.

These mushrooms were growing in a ring, as various mushroom species do, but not usually in the middle of a bramble patch. Update: Mario thinks they are the wonderfully named Fool's Funnel (Clitocybe rivulosa).


  1. The mushrooms look like Fool's Funnels (Clitocybe rivulosa)

  2. Any sign of the owls lately? We need owls badly. They make everything better.

    Those are exceedingly handsome hens. They even look good-tempered!

    1. Of course I would report any owls at once. Missing them badly in these grim times.

      The hens are a collection of old-fashioned breeds, but I am not a poultry specialist and can't tell you more.