Sunday 31 January 2021

The Redwings were back on the archery field, which is fenced off from the Sunday crowd of park visitors.

You can hear them chattering over the noise of the people in the nearby Diana memorial playground.

A Treecreeper uttered a faint squeak from a tree near the Italian Garden. I haven't seen one for some time. They always appear unexpectedly and it's no good going to look for them.

A Robin which I haven't seen before came out on the path around the greenhouses. It was perfectly happy to be photographed.

Chaffinches hopped around under a holly tree near the bridge.

A Long-Tailed Tit jumped from one twig to another in the Dell without bothering to use its wings.

There are still a lot of Cormorants on the Long Water, though you would have expected them to have exhausted the lake by now. Presumably they know what they're doing. It was a very good year for fish spawning and the supply must have lasted longer than usual.

The Coots at Peter Pan have managed to add more twigs to their nest. They are constantly annoyed by a Black-Headed Gull which hangs around trying to pick bugs out of the nest.

Shovellers and Gadwalls, both usually shy ducks, have started coming to the Vista when people are feeding the waterfowl.

But the Shovellers' favourite place remains the air bubbler in the Long Water, which brings up the small creatures they eat without the need to search.

The Black Swan and a Greylag Goose maintained their feathers on the Round Pond.

The pond created by the buried Tyburn Brook bursting out of its culvert has been enlarged by the recent rain and is now a small lake with a wide variety of birds.

The brook (which is not the same as the larger Tyburn river a mile to the east) rises in Bayswater and flows into the Serpentine near the island. Atlough it's now normally entirely underground, you can see its valley clearly. On its course it passes an old pump which was used to raise water from it. I took this picture from a distance to avoid a long detour around the marshy valley.

It passes through the Ranger's Lodge Garden, where originally it fed a small cascade ...

... down to a pond at the bottom, now green with duckweed.


  1. I can't explain why, but i find the notion of a buried brook bursting out and creating its own little lake irrisistible, and poetical. Nature will find a way.

    I have to ask: how do you manage to recognize Robins individually?

    1. I don't recognise most Robins individually, at least not by appearance. But they have territories and habits that make them recognisable.

  2. Good to get the Treecreeper. A couple of weeks back I went looking for one at Ruislip Woods. I struggled despite much effort. I had just given up & stood still to let a couple of loud women pass by & watched a few Redwing. Then a small bird landed about 3 metes in front of me on a down hanging branch. Yes, it was a Treecreeper & great to watch its bill probing amongst some lichens & up some fissures in the bark.

    1. Remrkable to go to see a Treecreeper and actually find one. Usually they just happen.