Monday, 24 May 2021

A female Blackcap jumped around in one of the busy hawthorn trees near the Queen's Temple.

A Chiffchaff sang from a treetop on Buck Hill.

A Goldfinch took flight from a stem in the flower bed east of the Lido.

A young Starling in modest brown juvenile plumage perched on a chair at the restaurant, waiting for a parent to bring it some scraps.

The Grey Wagtails were still dashing around the Italian Garden.

A Carrion Crow drank from a puddle caused by a blocked drain.

Swifts whirled over Buck Hill. There is one Swallow in this picture -- can you spot it?

The Grey Herons' nest in the red cherry tree on the Serpentine island is still active. It's about time for the eggs to hatch.

A Great Crested Grebe on the Long Water carried two restless chicks on its back.

There is a new nest here on the fallen poplar tree ...

... and the nest under the willow near the bridge is still a going concern, so there are three pairs on the Long Water.

I think there are only two pairs on the Serpentine, but probably more will arrive in early summer.

Four chicks survive from the dangerously overexposed Coot nest on the post at Peter Pan. They are a bit safer now that their parents have taken them to the bushes at the edge.

Only one of the cygnets from the nest on the north side of the island survives, and it had a nasty peck mark on the back of its head. I am pretty sure that this is the work of the rival male which has caused this pair so much trouble ever since they started nesting.

But yesterday Julia Schmitt found a new family with five cygnets near one of the small boathouses, and sent this picture.

They must be from the nest on the other side of the island. They were here again today. Their parents had better keep well clear of the murderous male.

On the Long Water, the female swan took her cygnets for a rest on the island. The last egg, which didn't hatch, is still on the nest.


  1. Can something be done about the cygnet? Could it be rescued and placed elsewhere if it is in danger from the murderous rival?

    Is the Swallow on the bottom of the image, third one from the left?

    1. Sadly, I don't think anything can be done for the cygnet. Another swan would not adopt it.

      Yes, that's the Swallow. Ebven if the picture is too small to show the tail streamers, the way its tail opens into a fan is different from a Swift's.