Sunday, 7 March 2021

A female Chaffinch preened in a holly tree near the bridge. She is one of a family of Chaffinches here.

A male was preening in the same tree, looking very ruffled.

A Goldfinch looked down from a tree in Rutland Gate, just south of Hyde Park.

A Greenfinch appeared in the leaf yard ...

... along with a Nuthatch ...

... and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

A Dunnock looked for insects in a flower bed in the Rose Garden.

A Pied Wagtail hunted in the enclosure of the Diana memorial fountain.

A Long-Tailed Tit perched in the corkscrew hazel in the Dell.

Wood Pigeons ate leaf buds in a bush in the Rose Garden. I think the bush is a honeysuckle, so perhaps the leaves have a sweet flavour.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull and his mate jerked their heads upwards at each other, the usual display between mates.

There were eight Lesser Black-Backs on the Long Water, an usually large number for the park where they are greatly outnumbered by Herring Gulls. This one looks quite like the pigeon eater, but is smaller.

The young Grey Heron is now left alone in the nest most of the time. Its parents must think it's big enough to be safe from Carrion Crows and large gulls.

One of the heron nests on the south side of the island has been stolen by a pair of Egyptian Geese.

The Black Swan was still obsessively following a male Mute Swan.

The female of the dominant pair of swans on the Long Water was on the nesting island, tolerating a pair of Greylag Geese. That will change when the pair start nesting.

The Coot in the isolated nest on the Long Water was poking around inside the nest as if there were already eggs. Impossible to tell, as you can't see into the nest from the shore.


  1. Have Goldfinches begun to sing by now? Here they are beginning to try their hand (er, wing) at a spring song.

    Odd how such a killing machine as Pigeon Eater is tenderness itself with its mate.

    Does the Black Swan follow any mute swan it sees, or does it have favourites? There must be a method to its obsession.

    1. Yes, the Goldfinches have been singing for some time now.

      The Black Swan only follows male Mute Swans. But not just one male swan, as we saw yesterday. Still unsure what sex it is, or whether it even knows.