Monday 28 June 2021

A Magpie used a twig to bring up insects from the rotten trunk of a felled tree. A wasp is visible at one point, so maybe there's a wasp nest in the crevice.

Magpies were envious of a Lesser Black-Backed Gull which had found a dead fish in the Serpentine.

The dismal muckiness of the shore is caused by moulting Mute Swans gathering in this corner of the lake.

A Jackdaw on a fence by the leaf yard deftly shelled a peanut and ate the contents.

On the same fence, a Carrion Crow shook a peanut bag to remove the last fragments.

There were two families of Great Tits at the bridge. Here is one of the young ones in a yew tree ...

... and one in a dead tree trunk across the path. You can just see the back of another bird in the hole, which may be where the parents nested.

A Cormorant jumped out of one of the pools in the Italian Garden and went to look for fish in the next one.

One of the Great Crested Grebe chicks on the Long Water reached too far forward on its parent's back, fell into the water, and had to climb back up.

The older chick at the north end of the Long Water saw that a parent had caught a fish and hurried over ...

... only for the parent to decide it was time to feed itself.

There are two Coot chicks in the nest in the half-timbered boathouse, with two eggs left in the nest now unlikely to hatch.

The single surviving chick from the brick boathouse is adult size now. It wasn't a good year for the parents -- usually they bring up several young.

The Black Swan was on the Long Water having a flap, watched by two crows. Young swans have black-tipped flight feathers. Its next year's set will be all white.

The two blond Egyptian teenagers are now almost fully grown. They have very pale flight feathers, even paler than Blondie's, but there is more colour on their heads.

Here is Blondie for comparison. She was standing nearby.

The young Mallard at the bridge cropped algae off a post.

The Eryngium flowers at the back of the Lido are beginning to come out and attract bees. I think this is an Early Bumblebee, but it was soaked by the drizzle and not looking too recognisable.


  1. That's clearly tool usage! Magpies are amazing creatures!

    The little Grebe chick trying to climb back is all kinds of adorable.

    1. You can see why baby grebes need quite strong wings, so that the can crawl on all fours up their parent's back.

  2. This won’t surprise you, but when the waterfowl were having an afternoon snooze together on the north shore of the Serpentine today I counted 443 individuals along a hundred yard stretch between the triangle kiosk and the second boathouse. There were a few coots and Egyptians among them but they were mostly Swans, Greylags and Canadas. It was quite a sight.

    1. I have to count the water birds once a month for the BTO Wetland Bird Survey. It's always like this in June when the geese come to the lake to moult.