Tuesday 21 March 2023

Wren at the Lido

A Wren hopped around under the plywood fence of the Lido.

A Robin sang in its customary place in the bushes between the bathing area and the restaurant ...

... where a pair of Carrion Crows perched together on the weathervane.

The Coal Tit in the paperbush in the Flower Walk ...

... was joined by a Rose-Ringed Parakeet, which didn't try to eat the tough flowers.

However, the flowers provide nectar for Buff-Tailed Bumblebees.

Rival Feral Pigeons glared at each other through the leaf yard railings and there was a brief scuffle.

The Little Owl at the Round Pond was in the same place as yesterday, sheltering from the wind.

A young Herring Gull at the Serpentine island has an odd over-length hooked beak. It didn't seem to be disadvantaged by this.

A Cormorant in particularly showy breeding plumage stood on a post at the bridge.

A pair of Mute Swans washed together on the Serpentine.

The Black Swan was with his new girlfriend on the Round Pond. He was uttering melodious squeaks which meant nothing to her, but perhaps she likes being serenaded in an unknown language.

The Mandarin pair in the Italian Garden have driven off the spare drake ...

... who was by himself on the Serpentine.

A Tufted drake was looking very smart, and formidably tufty.


  1. It's like something out of an American movie, the American tourist being wooed and serenaded by an Italian latin lover who doesn't speak a word of her language!

    1. One verse of 'O sole mio' and she's anybody's.

  2. A very handsome Cormorant in breeding dress-almost as glamorous as the Mandarins!

    I have a small Paper Bush (I didn't realise it had a common name until I saw you using it, knowing it by its botanical name) in my garden & noticed the Hairy-footed Flower Bees using it.

    1. So far the only bumblebees I've seen are Buff-Tailed, but no doubt the others will be out soon.

  3. Great stuff Ralph.

  4. Interesting to see and overgrow lengthy bill like that! Never seen something similar before in birds, quite unique.

    1. There was a Great Tit with a very long, but straight, beak in the Flower Walk a few years ago.