Thursday, 13 May 2021

A Song Thrush sang from a pink-flowered hawthorn tree near the Queen's Temple.

There was also a female Blackcap ticking angrily at a nearby Magpie ...

... and a Great Tit, a bird so common it's easy to overlook its elegance.

This is one of the Long-Tailed Tits at the nest near the Henry Moore sculpture. I couldn't get it carrying insects, as it was flying straight into the brambles without pausing.

But here is a Robin on the other side of the Long Water carrying insects to its young. Its face is looking the worse for wear after being repeatedly grabbed by the nestlings.

Another female Blackcap was hopping around a tree near the leaf yard.

This is the Blackbird I filmed yesterday working hard to get a couple of worms for his  nestlings. Today he has all he can carry. The difference: it rained earlier.

One of the young Grey Wagtails at the Lido restaurant was mildly interested in being photographed.

It's hard to film a crowd of Swifts swooping around, and I don't know how clearly this clip will come out on YouTube. It was taken from the bridge, so I've turned down the traffic noise.

Later: not too bad. But nothing like being there.

Ahmet Amerikali got a shot of a Reed Warbler in a tree near the bridge. The patch of reeds here is rather small, so they spend more time in trees than the birds in the other reed beds.

A Green Woodpecker perched outside its hole in a plane tree near the Physical Energy statue.

A Wood Pigeon did nothing except look large and smug.

The three young Grey Herons were amusing themselves by climbing around in the nest tree. They can fly perfectly well now.

The two pairs of Great Crested Grebes on the Long Water could be heard having a territorial dispute, but I was behind bushes and couldn't get a picture. Later, one male looked out from the nest opposite Peter Pan, which has still not hatched out ...

... and the other rested in splendid idleness under the bridge.

The Canada Geese have lost one of their goslings to the Herring Gulls despite their vigilance ...

... but the Mallard on the Serpentine miraculously still has four ducklings after more than three weeks.


  1. A friend who has recently gone into birding gave me a ring today to say how excited she was to have seen a Great Tit with her new pair of binoculars for the first time. It made me think how sad it is that we overlook beauty and elegance just because they are common birds.

    1. Even Feral Pigeons have a certain splendour.