Thursday 4 May 2023

Eleven Greylag goslings

A Blackbird sang in a tree in the Rose Garden, against noise from construction work in preparation for the coronation.

A Starling in the daisies beside Rotten Row found and ate a worm, and was then knocked aside by another Starling hoping to find a worm in the same place.

Tom got a fine picture of a Goldcrest in the Flower Walk.

A Robin perched on the handrail of the steps leading up to the bridge with a beakful of larva for the nestlings.

The Grey Wagtail at the island collected an impressive load of midges.

A Pied Wagtail ran along the edge of the lake.

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker called from the leaf yard.

A picture from yesterday by Tom: the male Little Owl flying off the dead tree to disappear into a horse chestnut.

A Coot examined an orange object which I think was a bit of sweet pepper from a salad. It was interested in the colour but decided it wasn't edible and left it.

The big Coot nest by the bridge seen from above.

A Mute Swan browsed under the willow on the other side of the bridge, the only place on the Long Water where it's out of sight of the dominant swan and not likely to be attacked.

A pair of Greylag Geese on the Serpentine have 11 new goslings.

There's another brood of just three.

The Canadas still have their four.

A Canada x Greylag hybrid and a pure Canada displayed at each other.

The 13 Egyptian goslings were still all there when I went along the Serpentine. Their mother was looking after 12 of them while one rested on its father's back.

Another pair have eight.

Theodore found a Common Newt in the woodland beside the Henry Moore sculpture. There may be a fair number here but they're seldom seen.


  1. Gosh, I so love newts of all kinds. I find them almost toy-like.
    Amazed that the Coots have managed to plant a couple of trees to shade their nest. Quite the bit of real estate they get going there.
    That Grey Wagtail must have achieved some kind of Guinness record.

    1. The sapling over the Coots' nest is the result of repacking the wire baskets with fresh twigs to renew the fish hatchery -- the original twigs had rotted down. The new twigs were freshly cut and some germinated when submerged. The Coots destroyed all the smaller shoots. I don't know where the sapling is getting its nourishment from, but it seems to be growing strongly.