Wednesday 21 July 2021

The Great Crested Grebes that nested behind the wire baskets at the island have four chicks. A parent brought one of them a feather, which grebes eat to keep their insides from being injured by fishbones.

The Great Crested Grebe chick from the nest under the willow ...

... came out on to the Serpentine with a parent to get closer to the best fishing ground.

A Grey Heron stood elegantly in the top of the willow.

A Moorhen chick from the nest at the Bluebird Boats platform swam over to its parent to be fed.

Some of the Canada Geese are still regrowing their flight feathers, which makes them itchy and irritable. They were washing and flapping to make themselves more comfortable.

There were five Red Crested Pochards on the gravel strip in the Long Water, four drakes in eclipse and a female in the middle.

A Carrion Crow panted in the heat.

The two young crows on Buck Hill had the sense to stay in the shade. As usual they were making a racket.

The usual Coal Tit in the Flower Walk came down to be fed. It will tolerate being photographed if it gets a pine nut afterwards.

Two Blackbirds appeared, an adult female in the Flower Walk ...

... and a young one in the Dell.

Several Blackcaps were still singing near the leaf yard.

A Red Admiral butterfly near the Dell was apparently doing wing exercises. Actually I don't know why butterflies do this.

A Peacock butterfly had a colourful background in the Flower Walk.

Buff-Tailed Bumblebees were enjoying the anemones.


  1. The Bumblebee on the anemone has such lovely colours!

    Four chicks! That must be some kind of record!

    Maybe the butterfly was fanning itself to cool itself down?

    1. I've seen Great Crested Grebes successfully rear five chicks. It depends on having an abundant supply of suitable-sized fish close at hand.

      Have been wondering whether insects get overheated, and if so at what temperature. It would have to be something over 40°, I'd think.