Wednesday 4 May 2022

Feeding at the Mute Swan's nest

A Blackcap jumped around in a tree near the Henry Moore sculpture, singing at intervals.

There was a Long-Tailed Tit in the same tree. A pair are nesting in the brambles here.

A Starling ate an apple someone had put out for the Rose-Ringed Parakeets.

A Pied Wagtail hunted among the daisies near the Round Pond.

A Reed Warbler sang in the reeds below the Diana fountain. There were two singing here today, and another on the Long Water.

A Grey Heron took off from a fallen tree.

Coots in the Italian Garden fountains dived to bring up algae to feed their chicks.

The second Coot nest here now has a pretty backdrop of yellow irises.

The Coot nesting at the bridge adjusted the ten eggs before sitting down.

Meanwhile the inevitable fight was going on.

An Egyptian Goose watched over her five young as they browsed in the weeds at the Serpentine outflow.

This is the male of the pair in the Dell. His mate is nesting in a tree hole nearby. He passed the time by having a wash and preen.

The Mute Swan's nest in the reed bed east of the Lido is strangely attractive to other birds, probably because it's infested with insects. The Coots which were on it yesterday had to wait as a family of Mallards took their turn.

The jetty at the Lido marks a frontier between two swan territories. The pairs were having a hate session across it, safely prevented from an actual fight breaking out.

Four Mallard ducklings on the shore are probably now large enough not to be snatched by Herring Gulls.

A worker Honeybee in the Rose Garden collected pollen from a Mexican Orange bush while a drone fed on nectar.


  1. It's oddly funny how the two swan pairs get on with their two minute hate session without fail. If looks could kill...

    I wonder if the Coot found the yellow flowers to its liking and chose it as nest decoration


    1. No, the Coot chose that nest site before the flowers came out. But they do use flowers as nest decoration, especially red ones. Once I threw some pink horse chestnut blossom into the water around a nest and the Coot carefully collected it all and arranged it around his mate, a charming sight.