Sunday, 3 July 2022

Hungry young Jay

A young Jay in the bushes by the Triangle car park begged its parent to feed it.

This young Robin in the Rose Garden is already looking for its own food. Its juvenile plumage makes it look almost like a gilt bronze statuette.

Two young Blue Tits beside the Long Water were still begging ...

... but a young Long-Tailed Tit was independent and hunting with the flock.

The Blackbirds in the Dell are still feeding nestlings. This is probably a second brood after they lost the first one.

It was Virginia's turn to be shouted at by the militant male Little Owl near the Round Pond. Here is her fine picture.

I found one of the owlets peering out of the horse chestnut leaves ...

... and one from the other family dozing in the top of the sweet chestnut by the Serpentine Gallery.

The teenage Coots at the bridge, quite capable of feeding themselves, are still clustering in the nest pretending to be chicks, and their indulgent parents are still feeding them. They must be kicked out soon to fend for themselves.

The Moorhens in the Dell have built up their nest. It won't be a vast structure like a Coot nest, as Moorhens build only what they need.

A Burnet Moth drank nectar from a ragwort flower beside the Long Water.

Another flower had a Small Skipper butterfly on it.

An Emperor dragonfly hunted around the reed bed by the Italian Garden ...

... and perched for a moment on a stem.

Black-Tailed Skimmers mated on a tree beside the Serpentine.

In the Rose Garden a Honeybee and its hoverfly mimic, a Common Dronefly, fed on a coreopsis flower. Hoverflies are useful pollinating insects.

A Buff-Tailed (or maybe White-Tailed) Bumblebee approached a rose.


  1. The picture of the Bumblebee flying towards the roses is just so lovely.
    We have a Little Owl version of Mr Asbo in our hands, I fear.

    1. I'd forgotten about Mr Asbo. A good parallel on a tiny scale.

  2. Good to see all the insect shots as well as the birds. Good video of the Drone Fly on the Gaillardia.

    I wonder if the last bee is in fact a White-tailed Bumblebee- the rear is pure white? Workers of this & Buff-tailed can be notoriously difficult to separate.

    1. I was wondering about that too, and would have declared it as White-Tailed if its stripes had been a brighter yellow.