Thursday 2 September 2021

A Wren hopped around in a bush beside the Vista ...

... and a Chiffchaff sang a few phrases.

A Great Tit ate a pine nut she took from my hand.

Starlings milled around in the grass by the Diana memorial fountain. There is an ants' nest here, providing a tasty snack.

The male Little Owl appeared in the morning in a chestnut tree a short way east of the nest tree, where he has been seen before.

There was a Jay in the same tree, but it flew in from the far side and hadn't noticed the owl, or there would have been a lot of indignant squawking.

The female Peregrine was on the barracks. She raised a lethal foot to scratch herself.

A Black-Headed Gull from Poland stood on the gravel bank. Its yellow ring has the code TNX7. We have two regular Polish visitors, T4UN and T8YT, but I haven't seen this one before.

One of the Moorhens from the willow near the bridge fed a chick ...

... and then they went under the bridge and occupied a Coots' nest, defending it against the Coots trying to get it back.

More Shovellers have arrived on the Long Water.

The visiting Red-Crested Pochards seem to have settled in at the north end, where there are a lot of algae and water plants for them to browse on.

A rat strolled over the Serpentine island, dangerously close to a Grey Heron. It avoided being eaten.

A female Common Darter dragonfly landed on my head, then flew to the camouflage cover of a camera lens. It was oddly calm while several people took close-up pictures with their phones.

A Buff-Tailed Bumblebee was kept busy by the multiple florets of a patch of Sedum by the Dell.


  1. That's a brave Moorhen, standing its ground against the menacing Coots. Although I guess the Coots are the rightful owners of the property and the Moorhens are trespassers.

    How delicate and deft Great Tits are!

    1. The Moorhen gains courage from having chicks to defend. Actually neither needs the nest -- the Coots have finished breeding and the Moorhens have their willow tree on the other side of the bridge.