Wednesday 1 February 2023

Peregrines back on the tower

The daily trip up the Flower Walk produces more and more hungry birds, and it can take half an hour to cover 200 yards. Here are a Coal Tit ...

... and a Blue Tit in an evergreen bush.

Long-Tailed Tits never take any notice of people. They just get on with their eternal hunt for insects.

A Pied Wagtail on the Parade Ground was similarly engaged.

I got a hasty snap of it with a small larva.

A Redwing pulled up a worm. It's quite a struggle for a small bird.

The Peregrine pair perched on the tower, as usual an unsociable distance apart ...

... but they still called to each other, just audible above the noise of children playing football 300ft below.

Black-Headed Gulls in the Italian Garden were hauling up what I think were 'rat-tailed maggots', hoverfly larvae with long siphons, but it's hard to tell when they're covered with algae.

The Little Grebe was with its friends the Gadwalls ...

... and also fishing by itself under the fountain.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes at the island were displaying in front of a soggy mess that only a grebe would consider a nest.

They spent more time displaying than building. I'm not sure they're serious about nesting.

The dominant Mute Swans had cleared out the intruders from the Long Water and were at the Vista touting for food. The male shooed a Canada Goose.


  1. Lovely to see the Little Grebe with its Gadwall chums again.

    1. It's very cheering to see the little creature bobbing up and down so confidently.

    2. Indeed! It's an endearing friendship, and unexpected too.
      Half an hour for 200 yards! One of these days they're going to kidnap you!

    3. You do have to be careful about what birds might do.

  2. What a wonderful ballad! The stuff of dreams and fairytales.

    1. That ballad is from a site with my favourites on it.