Friday, 23 September 2022

Two Little Owls at the Round Pond

The female Little Owl near the Round Pond, not seen for a while, was calling softly from a plane tree where she was very hard to find in the leaves.

One of her teenagers looked out from the hole in the nearby horse chestnut.

On the ground below a Grey Heron was completely surrounded by a gang of Carrion Crows, its mortal enemies. It could keep them at bay with the threat of its terrible beak, but even so one managed to sneak up and pull its tail.

Another heron stood in the enclosure of the Henry Moore sculpture staring into the bushes, hoping a rat would come incautiously close to the edge.

One of the mainly white Feral Pigeons rested in the grass.

A dead leaf danced in the breeze but refused to fall. If you look closely you can see that it's stuck to a strand of spider silk.

I wasn't going to take this picture of a row of very ordinary pigeons in the Flower Walk, but was encouraged because the floral background sets them off well.

A Robin managed the same background much more elegantly.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits passed through the trees above ...

... accompanied by a smart Blue Tit.

Belinda Davie got a fine picture of a Chiffchaff.

In a yew, a male Rose-Ringed Parakeet chewed the red outside of berries to extract a few drops of sweet juice, then spat them out. (And yes, I know they aren't really berries and that the red part is an aril, but what do you call these odd fruits?)

A Grey Wagtail perched in the dead willow near the Italian Garden before flying down the Long Water.

Below, a pair of Moorhens stood on a submerged branch.

A Great Crested Grebe fished among the wire baskets near the bridge.

A prettily striped hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii, browsed on a clump of aubrieta.

Mushrooms are appearing in the grass near the Queen's Temple, a frail Yellow Fieldcap ...

... and a group of Fairy Ring mushrooms.


  1. Dunno, I think the pigeons look awfully pretty. Grey and pink is such an elegant colour combination.


    1. Yes, they do. But I'm always a bit hesitant about publishing photographs of ordinary town pigeons.