Monday 30 May 2022

No sign of summer yet

A cold wet day didn't deter a Reed Warbler from singing in the small reed bed next to the bridge.

Wren also like reeds.

A Robin brought a small green insect to its nest near the Henry Moore sculpture.

A family of Blue Tits hopped around in a tree below the Triangle car park. An adult was looking worn down by its long task.

One of the Grey Wagtails in the Dell bathed in the small waterfall. It needed to be remarkably sure-footed not to get washed down.

Another hunted along the shore at the Dell restaurant.

A Carrion Crow scattered salad over a table at the Lido restaurant, looking for something more interesting on the plate.

A Magpie perched in a patch of roses that have accidentally come up in the scrub beside the Vista.

The Mute Swans nesting on the gravel bank in the Long Water brought over their new cygnets to the shore.

The four older cygnets were at Peter Pan. So far I have seen no sign of conflict.

The six at the Lido are in good order. While I was taking this picture their father was on the shore pecking Virginia to try to make her feed him.

The blond male Egyptian Goose near the Triangle and his mate have brought out five new goslings. Two of them are light coloured.

I wonder what would happen if he got together with Blondie, who was at the Dell restaurant alone as usual.

Virginia tells me that the oversized Egyptian gosling at the Vista was adopted from parents who nested near the Serpentine Gallery and inexplicably abandoned their brood of two.

The Moorhens nesting in the weir at the Serpentine outflow climbed out together.

Bumblebees are particularly fond of the many species of Salvia found in the Rose Garden. These are Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebees.

There were also a great many of them on the 'Lamb's Ears' (Stachys byzantina) ...

... and some on the Cornflowers in the wildflower patch.


  1. I don't know what it is about Bumblebees that makes them absolutely adorable. Maybe that they are so round and squishy.

    Did Virginia consent to feeding the swan after its harassment?

    1. I've said this before, but they are flying teddy bears.

      No, Virginia held out against the swan, though he was prodding her unmercifully. They're slow on their feet so you can simply walk away.

  2. Have been away for a week, so catching up, but the bees in your video are Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebees.

    1. Thanks for the correction. One of many necessary, I'm afraid.