Monday, 2 May 2022

Goldcrest catching insects

A Goldcrest in the Flower Walk was catching insects to feed its young.

A Coal Tit collected caterpillars. She flew over to take some pine nuts from my hand to add to the haul.

One of the nesting Long-Tailed Tits paused for a moment in a bush.

A Blackcap sang in a red-leafed cherry tree ...

... and a Wren added its very loud voice.

A Grey Wagtail in the Italian Garden was also gathering insects.

A Treecreeper on a dead tree stared at the camera ...

... and after a while flew to another tree, where it continued staring.

A Carrion Crow washed and shook itself dry at the top of the Dell waterfall.

There was no sight of the Tawny Owl today, but here is a dramatic video by shot earlier by Nick Abalov of him being harassed by a Blackbird.

The Great Crested Grebe chick on the Long Water is still in good order.

The Coots nesting at the bridge have ten eggs.

Nine Coot chicks were fed by their parents in the fountain pool. They can also find some food for themselves.

There were also five brand new Mallard ducklings scooting around briskly to catch midges.

Greylag goslings fed under the willows beside the Serpentine. A watchful parent chased off a Carrion Crow.

The Canadas with two goslings came over to the bridge.

But relations between the two species can be hostile, and Ahmet Amerikali took this picture of a Greylag pecking at a Canada gosling.

The Mute Swan nesting at the boathouse, whose egg was stolen a few days ago, has fortunately continued laying.

An elusive Orange Tip butterfly was flitting around beside the Long Water, refusing to stop anywhere near. This was the best picture I could get. Will keep trying.


  1. Some really fabulous photography of yours today as well as the guests', this simply can't pass without comment. Jim

    1. Thank you. It was a lucky day much helped by Tom, whose young eyes spot things that I would have missed.