Tuesday, 27 April 2021

As I thought, there are two chicks in the second Grey Heron nest. They are more adventurous than the older chicks in the first nest, and already climbing around.

The young herons in the first nest are now beginning to fly. One flapped unsteadily into the next tree.

Neil got two remarkable pictures of herons fighting in the Italian Garden. Usually herons fly at each other and have a kind of aerial barging match, but these two were wrestling, with one holding the other in a headlock. 

The loser broke free and flew away uninjured.

Coots are nesting in one of the small boathouses again. This is a hopeless place, as the chicks fall off the platform into the water and can't get up again. But Coots seem incapable of learning from experience.

The Coot nesting on the wire basket near the bridge is now surrounded by green shoots, as the twigs in the baskets are beginning to sprout.

A pair of Greylag Geese on the Serpentine have produced three goslings. They may have come from an unused Grey Heron nest on the island, where I saw a Greylag a couple of weeks ago. Although Greylags normally nest on the ground they will use a tree if there is a suitable place for them to land in one.

The eight Egyptian goslings are now growing fast, though by no means out of danger from gulls.

The eight Egyptian goslings dived and rushed around. This behaviour seemed to annoy their mother, who charged through the family. I wouldn't have thought she felt like that, except that she did it twice.

The pair of Mute Swans that started a nest in a silly place in the open on the shore of the Serpentine, and thankfully gave up, are at it again. The male was guarding a site, already built up with twigs. Let's hope they forget this doomed plan.

The Mallard mother near the Lido has managed to hang on to her four ducklings. Her success may be partly due to staying near the nest of the very aggressive swan, which doesn't bother her but scares off the gulls.

Clive Murgatroyd got a good shot of the Cetti's Warbler near the bridge. It seems to be mostly in one quite small area, which makes it easy to find, though it's still very hard to get an unobstructed shot of it.

The usual pair of Jays were waiting here for their daily peanuts.

A Buff-Tailed Bumblebee browsed on a bugleweed flower.


  1. That's a lovely contrast between the purples of the flower and the yellow and black of the Bumblebee.

    I think that Coot likes having a bit of garden. Who wouldn't?

    Strange that the Egyptian mother should charge at the diving goslings like that.

    1. Coots, although intractably stupid, have a taste for nest decoration. I know people like that.