Wednesday 8 December 2021

This is the female Blackbird in the Rose Garden that I filmed a few days ago running nervously around the edge of the fountain. Something had alarmed her again, but I couldn't see what.

A Carrion Crow occupied a rowan tree on Buck Hill, stopping the local Mistle Thrush from getting to the fruit. I tempted it down by throwing a peanut on the ground, just to stop it from being a nuisance.

The Mistle Thrush had been scared off to the top of a tree on the other side of the road.

With crows it's easy to see which is the highest ranking bird, as it gets most of the food -- which in this case is the leftovers from the usual pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull. It even manages to scare off a young Herring Gull.

A Goldcrest bounced around in the yew tree on the corner of the Dell ...

... but when I passed by soon afterwards a Magpie had taken possession of the tree and there was no sign of smaller birds.

Although the weather had moderated a bit the small birds in the Flower Walk were hungrier than ever, and at least seven Great Tits were waiting for their daily treat of pine nuts.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits moved down the edge of the Long Water.

A Pied Wagtail was hunting on the pavement of the Italian Garden.

Three Grey Herons at Henry Moore were expecting someone to feed them -- not me as I don't feed these ravenous birds.

There was a heron in the nest on the island again.

A young Herring Gull fished up a conker from the bottom of the Serpentine.

The Czech Black-Headed Gull with ring number ET05.589 seems to have ousted our old British friend EZ73323 from the notice at the east end of the Serpentine. I've seen it here several times.

A Gadwall drake rummaged in fallen leaves at the edge of the lake.

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