Friday 22 October 2021

A Goldcrest appeared in a yew tree full of fruit. (I got ticked off for referring to 'yew berries'; as everyone knows the red fruit is an aril surrounding a tiny cone.)

A Long-Tailed Tit paused for a moment in a birch.

A Great Tit near the bridge came out to be fed.

A pair of Blackbirds in the Dell have bred successfully in recent years. Here is the father of the family.

This Robin in the Rose Garden is getting used to being photographed, and even seemed mildly interested.

The male Peregrine was on the crane. It's always the same crane, because it's the tallest of the group.

More Cormorants are still arriving both on the Serpentine and on the Long Water, where Neil photographed six on the Mute Swans' nesting island.

A Black-Headed Gull had won a bit of sun-dried tomato from someone's upmarket snack.

On the chilly day there were few people in the Diana fountain enclosure, leaving Black-Headed Gulls to bathe and Greylag and Canada Geese to graze in peace.

One of the young Great Crested Grebes on the Long Water had a preening session, here seen looking down from the bridge.

A Buff-Tailed Bumblebee worked over a patch of Baby Sage in the Rose Garden. The flower stems are very thin, and when the heavy insect landed on them they sagged several inches so that the bee had to cling on tight to avoid being dropped.

Two pictures of fungi in the park by Neil: a Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum) ...

... and what may or may not be a Rosy Brittlegill (Russula rosea).

Tom saw a White Stork at East Tilbury near Coalhouse Fort.

Here is his video of it walking near a busy road.

And today in Richmond Park he found a Dartford Warbler.

Last night's full moon, photographed over the Henry Moore sculpture by David Lacey.


  1. Lovely shot of the Goldcrest with the Yew arils.

    Enjoy the fungal shots- a group I'm not very good at- so many of them & so variable.

    Tom got some good shots. There were 2 Dartford Warblers in the park yesterday. They turn up every year around this time- 6 were seen on one day last autumn.

  2. I've never seen a Dartford Warbler in the park here, and apparently nor has anyone else, as it's not on the all-time list.

    1. Just to clarify I was talking about Richmond Park when I said 2 Dartford Warblers were seen.

    2. Yes, I did realise, and should have made it clearer in my reply.

  3. Oh wow, what a lovely Stork! Congratulations to Tom! Dartford Warblers are relatively frequent here in Spring, but they aren't easy to find.

    The moon picture is so atmospheric and magic. It almost look like the moon shining on ancient ruins.

    1. Wish I'd seen that White Stork. But I did see one in London years ago, flying over the river at Chelsea.