Sunday 19 February 2023

Another glimpse of the Little Owl

A sunny afternoon brought out the Little Owl near the Round Pond.

A Pied Wagtail ran along the edge of the pond.

A Robin beside a busy path ticked irritably, probably because there was a Magpie in sight.

Another was in full song in the corkscrew hazel in the Flower Walk.

Great Tits are so common that it's easy to forget to photograph them, but they are very smart.

A Jay ate a peanut on a branch.

At Peter Pan a Wren chittered in the bushes.

A Blackbird looked for worms near the leaf yard.

There were Redwings in the treetops by the Speke obelisk ...

... and a pair of Stock Doves on a branch.

The Black-Headed Gull on the landing stage kept a vigilant lookout for possible intruders.

A Grey Heron flew in to join its mate in the nest on the island.

The Little Grebe in the Italian Garden was almost hidden by the spray from the fountain.

The dominant Mute Swans were in the same pool touting for food.

The Egyptian Geese at the east end of the Serpentine have seven goslings. Unfortunately this part of the lake has a lot of big gulls, and the young ones' chance of survival is slim.


  1. They're pretty even when they are mad.
    Doesn't the Little Owl look cozy and happy in the sunshine!

    1. Little Owls seem to be like solar panels, absorbing sunshine for energy. They are near the northern limit of their range and need all the sun they can get.

  2. Like me, the Little Owl was clearly loving the sunshine!

    The Black-headed Gull looks so handsome in its breeding plumage.

    The Little Grebe seems happy enough with its shower-makes an interesting photo!

    1. I don't think the Little Owl will see any sunshine to enjoy today, but he might be visible looking out of the hole in the trunk of the dead tree.

      I just don't know how the Little Grebe endures a drenching that for you and me would be like having buckets constantly emptied over us.