Tuesday 22 March 2022

Young Grey Heron leaves the nest

A pair of Goldcrests flitted around in the bushes in the Flower Walk. They were not at all shy and came quite close.

A Long-Tailed Tit looked at a passing midge.

A Dunnock perched on a bush.

There are two pairs of Song Thrushes in the Flower Walk.

When I came past the second time there was furious scolding, and one chased another into a bush. I only got a momentary glimpse before they both flew away, still scolding.

A Wren had a moment of calm in a tree beside the Long Water.

A Robin sunbathed in the shrubbery at the Triangle. 

A Pied Wagtail took a brief rest in a tree before going down to the shore and carrying on with the insect hunt.

One of the young Grey Herons had come down from the nest and was exploring the shore of the island.

The other looked down from the nest.

The Great Crested Grebes opposite Peter Pan allowed a brief glimpse of a chick.

There is now a third grebe nest on the Long Water, on the east side a few yards south of the Vista.

A grebe on the Serpentine caught a perch.

A Coot was building a nest in a very silly place on the edge of the Serpentine.

A pair of Mute Swans displayed to each other and mated. A pair in the background had the same idea.

A swan pulled up small branches to build a nest in a reed bed near the Lido. A hole has been cut in the netting to let it in, but it's hard to get the branch through.

Mario sent a picture of a ladybird I had never seen or heard of, an Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata). Originally found mostly in eastern Europe, it is now establishing itself here.

He also showed me some Cedar Cup fungi under the cedar north of the Albert Memorial. This year there are more of them and they are bigger.


  1. Meanwhile in the continuing saga of the swans on Highgate No. 1 pond, the recently widowed male swan has taken up with one of his own daughters. Jim

  2. Swans are the pharaohs of the bird world, clearly.

    Would Grebes breed so early if there isn't enough food for the chicks? Please say they wouldn't!

    1. Usually grebes are encouraged to breed by an abundance of fish. I'm hoping that this is the case at the moment. At least the continued presence of Cormorants is encouraging.

  3. Great news about the thrushes :)

    1. There have been two pairs of Song Thrushes here for several years. It's a good place for them with evergreen trees for shelter and plenty of insects and worms in the flower beds.