Friday 2 July 2021

Sad news: the injured Great Crested Grebe died this morning as she was being brought back to be returned to the lake. Grebes are terribly stressed by being taken away from the water, and she had been refusing to eat.

I'm still unsure whether the grebe nesting behind the basket at the island is the widowed one. It was there still today, but you can't see what's going on in this place.

The oldest chick on the Long Water has started trying to fish for itself, but mostly still chases a parent begging to be fed.

The three Coot chicks at Peter Pan were together on the nest where they were hatched.

A Moorhen washed briskly.

The strange way in which almost all the big gulls have been keeping to the east end of the Serpentine has benefited the Mallards. Today there were two ducklings at the Vista ...

...three under the parapet of the Italian Garden ...

... and two more hidden in the bushes at Peter Pan.

The single teenage Mallard at the bridge rested with its mother on a fallen branch.

The Greylag Geese with ten goslings sprawled along the edge of the Serpentine.

There seems to have been further conflict among the Mute Swans at the island. A male swan was sitting on the edge, and a female with three cygnets was ashore in the grass, looking comfortable enough but he had probably chased them off the water.

I couldn't see the female from the boathouse with her single cygnet.

When a dog threatens, black and white swans forget their differences and face it down.

The swans on the island in the Long Water are masters of all they survey, though they do have to put up with Egyptian squatters.

Blackcaps are still singing all around the Long Water.

Another was singing in the leaf yard.

A Goldfinch sang from a television aerial on a house south of Hyde Park. You can also hear other Goldfinches on neighbouring aerials, which they like to perch on. You see more Goldfinches in the street than you do in the park.

A carp in the Italian Garden stared solemnly at the camera.

There are three sized of carp in this pool: the big ones, these youngsters about 3 inches long, and some fry too small to photograph.

Female damselflies are a varied lot, with several colour patters in the same species. I think this is a dark female Blue-Tailed Damselfly, but I'm far from sure as female Common Blues are quite similar.


  1. It's wonderful that you still get singing birds over there - they have all fallen silent here. It gladdens my heart to be able to hear the lovely goldfinch song, even if from the distance.

    So sad about the poor grebe. What is going to happen to the widower? Will he choose another mate?

    1. Yes, I think the widowed grebe will seek a mate. They are faithful but practical and not inclined to go into a Queen Victoria style long mope.