Monday 14 November 2022

Autumn mist

Autumn mist over the Round Pond and Kensington Palace ...

... didn't deter the Little Owl from coming out in the small lime tree.

The corkscrew hazel in the Flower Walk, much liked as a perch by all the small birds, had a Robin ...

... and a Coal Tit staring out from it.

Long-Tailed Tits flocked along the edge of the Long Water.

The bright red sweetgum tree at the Diana fountain landing stage seldom attracts birds, but today a Great Tit ...

... and a Magpie obligingly perched there.

A bit more autumn colour: a Rose-Ringed Parakeet in an oak.

Raucous cries from the top of another oak by the Long Water showed that a Grey Heron had decided to land there.

Yes, I know we've had lots of videos of Starlings having a communal bath, but they are irresistible.

A young Cormorant at Peter Pan had a vigorous flap to dry its wings.

Two more perched in their favourite tree at the west end of the Serpentine island.

The female Mute Swan in the Italian Garden looked at the two Egyptian Geese. She doesn't persecute them, unlike her mate who was down on the Long Water surveying his new domain.

Good news: we picked up this swan four days ago very ill from bird flu. Today he was at the Dell restaurant preening and looking absolutely well.

The temperature is still quite mild and there were Buff-Tailed Bees browsing in a ceanothus bush in the Rose Garden.


  1. It is a joy to watch the starlings having a splash - you just have to love the enthusiasm 😀

    1. Everything they do is with the maximum of energy. They are fascinating creatures.

  2. Do the smaller birds catch Bird Flu ? Mostly we hear about water fowl? (apols if someone already asked that)

    1. So far it seems restricted to the waterfowl. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

  3. I love how they are all looking at you! You can almost hear what they are thinking (variations of 'hurry up and fork up with the peanut already', I guess).

    There are never enough videos of splashing Starlings. They are life and love.


    1. It is extraordinary how many of the encounters with birds in the park are personal interactions.