Thursday 28 October 2021

A Pied Wagtail ran up the edge of the Serpentine looking for insects. If you stand still they will come very close.

A Blackbird looked for worms in dead leaves at the edge of the Dell.

The yew tree at the lower corner of  the Dell is a regrowth from the roots of an old one. A Wood Pigeon perched on the stump.

The Coal Tit in the Flower Walk came down for a pine nut.

The Peregrine perching on the crane in Knightsbridge wasn't bothered by the crane being in use and swinging around.

The Rose Garden was full of families with children, and a Carrion Crow was a bit cautious about coming down the fountain for a drink.

Starlings and a Black-Headed Gull waited on the roof of the Lido restaurant for a chance to grab some leftovers.

A young Herring Gull played with a dead leaf.

All the posts at the island were occupied, so this Cormorant had to perch on a little stump.

Cormorants often perch on the tern raft on the Long Water, but you don't generally see Egyptian Geese using it. I hope they don't try to nest there, as this has caused serious complications when Canada Geese have used it and the goslings can't get over the edge.

A Greylag Goose finished washing with a tremendous flap.

A Buff-Tailed Bumblebee on the grass in the Rose Garden seemed inert, as if it had run out of energy.

But then it suddenly woke up, flew to a lavender flower, and started feeding.

Two Common Wasps were also on the grass having a dispute about something.

Another picture by Tom of the Dartford Warbler at Rainham Marshes. It had just found a caterpillar.


  1. I wonder what the Bumblebee was doing, walking on the ground like that. I wonder how their little brain works.

    I do think the Peregrine is enjoying itself tremendously.

    1. I think that the mind of a bee is unimaginable by humans. Behaviour perfectly adapted to environment without anything we could think of as thought.

      Yes, I think the Peregrine has found an agreeable way of surveying the area without making any effort.

  2. The wasps are queens, maybe competing for a hibernation hole or territory in which to find holes. Incidentally, in your clip some moons back of drone wasps around a queen on grass, I think they were German wasps by the markings, unlike the above. Jim

    1. Thanks for the very interesting information -- a queen fight, indeed. I am very bad at identifying wasps by their markings, which are quite variable within a single species.