Sunday 7 May 2023

Crow anting

A Chiffchaff nesting near the Henry Moore sculpture caught a midge to bring to the chicks.

A Goldcrest at Peter Pan came out boldly on a twig. They are remarkably indifferent to humans, unlike most small birds.

A Carrion Crow had found an ants' nest in a bluebell patch and was bathing in ants, which apparently helps to remove parasites from its feathers. This clip is longer than I usually put up because I thought it was entertaining to watch, but if you get bored skip to the last 10 seconds where the crow stands up covered in ants.

A female Magpie fluttered her wings at her mate to encourage him to feed her. He didn't, so she came down to take a peanut directly.

The Grey Herons on the nest with chicks displayed to each other on the front of the nest. I could see the two chicks at the back from the other side of the lake, but there wasn't a good view.

The heron with the red bill, which had abandoned its attempt at nesting a few days ago, was back in place. They can keep up this shilly-shallying for months, so don't expect any action soon.

Although the Great Crested Grebes nesting next to the Coots have a truce, that doesn't stop the grebes from glaring and nattering at their neighbours.

A pair of Mute Swans have broken down the fence around the reeds below the Diana fountain and are making a nest.

The swans that started nesting at the Serpentine outflow, laying one egg and losing it, seem to be starting again. It's a hopeless place right next to a family of foxes, which is probably how the egg disappeared.

The Egyptians that nested by the Henry Moore after one unsuccessful attempt have had a second try and produced at least seven goslings, which you can just see in this picture taken from across the Long Water. When I got round to the other side the goslings were sheltering under their mother's wings and couldn't be seen.

There's a new brood of eleven beside the Serpentine.

The pair that started with thirteen still have eight ...

... and another pair near the Diana fountain have three.

The Egyptians are doing far better than the Greylags this year, for unknown reasons as the Greylags are generally much more attentive parents than Egyptians. This pair is down to two. I didn't see the other pair.

A Speckled Wood butterfly perched on a blade of grass near the Round Pond.

A Honeybee worked over the ceanothus in the Rose Garden.


  1. I wonder how it de-ants itself afterwards. By bathing?
    I hope the female Magpie doesn't think you the better provider of the two!

  2. I think the crow ungratefully eats them when they've done their job.

    1. ... OK, that made me laugh. Horrible of me, I know.