Thursday 14 July 2022

Young Goldcrest

Goldcrests nest every year in the yew tree near the bridge. Here is one of the fledglings.

Ahmet Amerikali photographed a Blackcap nearby. The young ones are now well grown, so it's not certain whether this is young or an adult female.

Neil found a young Robin just getting its red breast.

A pair of Magpies gazed fondly at each other.

The hot dry weather has caused a premature fall of leaves. A Feral Pigeon made itself comfortable on them.

One of the Little owlets could be seen in a horse chestnut tree by the Round Pond.

Its father gave me a fierce look.

The female Little Owl at the Serpentine Gallery is so blasé about being started at that even when three people arrive she doesn't bother to look down.

A fair number of Black-Headed Gulls have now come back to the lake.

Most of the Coot family at the bridge were sheltering from the sun under the collapsed willow tree.

Another brood of Mallards has come out on the Serpentine. Despite the gulls and crows, some ducklings always survive every year.

These five Egyptian goslings were tiny and fluffy when I last saw them, but they have shot up and are now handsome little creatures.

Two Emperor dragonflies and a Black-Tailed Skimmer, all male, perched on the reeds below the Italian Garden.

Nick Abalov got a lovely picture of a Small White butterfly in flight.

A Red Admiral used its long proboscis to drink nectar from a Busy Lizzie flower.

Mario pointed out that the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner moths (Cameraria ohridella) that are making such a mess of our trees are visible on the trunk -- if only just, as they are 4mm long. This isn't much of a photograph but it's the best I could manage.

Neil saw this fly on a Creeping Thistle flower and couldn't identify it. Conehead 54 writes that it's a conopid fly, Sicus ferrugineus, a parasite of bumblebees. The grisly details are in his comment below.


  1. Delightful to see the young Goldcrest. They are so lovely, and for me difficult to see. And the Robin, getting so smart.

    I have read GB is headed to reaching 40ºC sometime next week. I hope it isn't true - we are sort of used to that, but I shudder to think of the average Londoner going through it. We have been hitting 41-43ºC consistently for the past eight days and it is getting completely unbearable.


    1. There are claims that the temperature will reach 36° or 37° on Tuesday. On this turbulent island they can't predict the weather 12 hours ahead. Will believe it when I see it.

  2. Not a hoverfly Ralph, but a conopid fly- specifically Sicus ferrugineus. Like all conopids & this is one of the more common, they are parasitoids of bumblebees. Though the adults feed on flowers, the females grab hold of bumblebees & insert their eggs into her & the larvae feed within. Insect life can be pretty gruesome. I saw several of these at Chobham Common yesterday while watching Graylings.

    1. Thank you for the identification. Poor bumblebees, they do have a hard time.