Saturday 28 January 2023

Redwings in the trees

The Redwings had moved from the Parade Ground to some trees near the Speke obelisk.

You can hear their pleasant mild chatter.

A Starling ate an apple that someone had put on the railings for the Rose-Ringed Parakeets.

The Robin at the Henry Moore sculpture is now a regular customer.

I also managed to feed one near the obelisk for the first time. It must have seen me feeding the Great Tits here.

There was a Grey Heron back on the nest which they started rebuilding and then abandoned late last year. The herons here can go on with this stop-start nesting for months and not actually breed till summer.

A Common Gull stood on the edge of the lake below.

The Little Grebe and a Tufted Duck in the Italian Garden were being shadowed by a Black-Headed Gull.

Both the grebe and the ducks were catching things on the surface and I got a lucky shot showing an insect, though I can't identify it.

I've been looking for the little white Ross's Goose on the Serpentine that Jenna saw on Tuesday night, but didn't find it till today.

These North American geese were originally brought over as ornamental park birds, but there is now a small feral population.

The dominant swans on the Long Water were at the Vista. The female peevishly pecked at a Gadwall.

There were five Shovellers near Peter Pan, apparently recently arrived though I saw a couple on the Round Pond a few days ago. They don't seem to like the park much ...

... unlike Regent's Park, where Elizabeth photographed a flock a few days ago.

There is a place on the Serpentine Road near the Cavalry Monument where people dance on skates at weekends. It's always worth watching.


  1. It always amazes me the quantities of raw talent one can watch in the park for free, just from watching people practice.
    What a beauty, that Redwing. Gorgeous.

    1. Just dancing for pleasure with friends, not expecting an audience. I don't think she even saw me, as I was some way off in the bushes being a sneaky voyeur. But it was a magic moment, and I think that if she were to see the video she'd be pleased.

  2. Glad you caught up with the exquisite Ross's Goose- not much bigger than a Mallard!

    Delightful Shoveler shots & a Starling looking very smart in its winter uniform.

    1. I see that the black bits are its primaries, a sensible arrangement to prevent fraying as the melanin makes the feathers stiffer.

  3. Yes & the closely related Snow Geese have the same arrangement.