Tuesday 22 November 2022

Song Thrush at Henry Moore

One of the Song Thrushes at the Henry Moore sculpture could be seen under the hedge at the bottom of the lawn.

A Wren chittered on the other side of the path.

The singing Robin in the Rose Garden was having difficulty making itself heard over the noise from the Winter Wasteland.

Long-Tailed Tits hunted among yellow leaves beside the Long Water.

One of the three Coal Tits in the Flower Walk perched on a twig.

Starlings foraged in the morning dew at the Round Pond.

Others gathered on an umbrella over a table at the Lido restaurant, waiting for an empty table.

A Pied Wagtail ran along the edge of the lake.

A Magpie looked out from a lichen-covered branch by the bridge.

A Carrion Crow took a drink at the top or the waterfall in the Dell, tilting its head back to swallow -- only pigeons can suck up water and swallow it without moving their head. Then it had a poke around for something edible.

This young Grey Heron can usually be found on the shore next to the island. It guards its place, chasing away adults.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was enjoying his lunch at the Dell restaurant.

A young Herring Gull played with a stick.

The male Mute Swan in the Italian Garden came out of the pool. Later he went down to the Long Water and cruised around at the Vista. I'm sure he means to take over the lake, but the widowed female of the dominant pair shows no sign of leaving.

There were several Gadwalls on the Long Water as well as the Serpentine and the Round Pond. Their arrivals seem to be random and nothing to do with the seasons ...

... unlike the Pochards which are winter migrants. This drake was on the Serpentine.


  1. There is no chance of the missing dominant swan ever turning up, is there?

    I think I can see the nictitating membrane in that Crow's eye.

    Well done on the Starlings chasing the gull away. Well, maybe they didn't mean it as such, but the gull appeared to take it thus.

    1. I think the gull was just mildly annoyed by having little birds rushing all around it.

      No, I fear the dominant swan is gone. It's been a long time now.