Monday 22 November 2021

A sunny cold day. There is a beautiful beech tree in the Rose Garden with orange leaves.

Long-Tailed Tits flitted around in a red oak.

A Great Tit near the bridge looked bright without the need for a pretty background.

On days like this you just have to photograph a Starling's iridescent plumage.

The autumn arrival of Redwings, which have been circulating in outer London, has reached the centre. Mark Williams photographed this one in St James's Park yesterday.

Another picture by Mark: an affectionate pair of Magpies at the east end of the Serpentine.

A Jackdaw stared from a post at the Vista before flying over to dodge the Carrion Crows and get a peanut.

A Pied Wagtail looked for insects among fallen leaves at the Lido restaurant.

A Grey Heron perched on an urn in the Italian Garden.

A Cormorant frightened another one off a post at Peter Pan.

The pair of Egyptian Geese at the Henry Moore sculpture performed a noisy territorial display.

Blondie was trotting around with her new mate in her usual place near the Dell restaurant, just 50 yards from where she first saw the light of day.

A pair of Gadwalls dabbled in the shallows at the edge of the Serpentine.

A female Tufted Duck preened her wings and flapped to settle the feathers.

Despite the chilly weather, the sun brought out a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee on a French Sage flower in the Rose Garden ...

... and Common Wasps on the Fatsia near the bridge.


  1. Very surprised that wasps are still hanging on. They've disappeared here. Lovely to see the Bumblebee!

    I don't think I have praised enough how gorgeous the background are. The colour combinations are like something out of Rubens!

    1. Wasps seem to be remarkably tough. The abundant nectar in the fatsia should help to keep them going for a while. I think they'll be killed by the first real frost, though. We haven't quite had one yet.

  2. Beech does look wonderful at this time of year!

    Good to see some Redwing are being seen in inner London. Out in the suburbs locally yesterday I didn't see any thrushes apart from a couple of Blackbirds. On Sunday on my patch had just one each of Redwing & Fieldfare.

    Nice video of up-ending Gadwall.

    Good to see some insects still. In my garden I get worker Buff-tailed Bumblebees visiting my garden in small numbers throughout the winter visiting flowers such as Mahonia & a winter flowering Clematis cirrhosa.

    1. The Rose Garden manages to keep some flowers going all winter, and I shall be keeping an eye out for bumblebees that manage to hang on.