Monday 3 July 2023

Timid Song Thrush

A young Song Thrush preened beside the Long Water. When a tiny Wren (out of shot) came out and glared it it, it moved off hastily to resume its preening at a safe distance.

Starlings had a mass bathing session at the terrace of the Lido restaurant.

A Jay near the Albert Memorial made it clear that it wanted a peanut.

A Carrion Crow gave me a looks suggesting that if I didn't feed it it would exact a terrible revenge.

A strong wind was blasting across the Round Pond. The male Little Owl looked out of the back entrance of the nest tree, on the lee side.

It was quite windy at the Serpentine Gallery too, and the male owl was well down inside the sweet chestnut tree ...

... while an owlet sheltered in a crevice.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was at his usual station looking around for his next meal.

The old Grey Heron under the Henry Moore sculpture resented the intrusion of a youngster ...

... and chased it off. It may be old but it still rules this patch.

A Coot chick enjoyed a frantic wash.

The dominant female Mute Swan from the Serpentine incautiously came under the bridge on the Long Water. (Her sixth cygnet was straggling behind under the bridge.)

The dominant male on the Long Water went off to deal with her. She retreated. It was lucky that her mate wasn't with her. If these big beasts ever come into conflict there is likely to be a fight to the death.

The Long Water female looked after the cygnets at Peter Pan.

I've been told that it was the dominant male on the Serpentine that killed three of the four cygnets belonging to the swan from the island, and I can well believe it.

A Mallard with five brand new ducklings crossed the waterfront at Peter Pan and took them into the safety of the bushes.

The Mandarin and her duckling were on the landing stage again. Obviously the duckling can't jump up this high from the water, but they can get on from the land side.

A Ermine Moth clung to a grass stem beside the Long Water.


  1. Why would he had killed the cygnets? What did he stand to gain from that? Now I want to cry.

    1. He killed an adult male swan a couple of years ago, and often attacks swans that are just minding their own business. I suppose all birds are ruthless as far as they can manage, but a big male swan can manage a lot of thuggery.