Saturday 9 September 2023

Basking Song Thrush

A young Song Thrush was sunbathing on the edge of the path beside the Long Water. 

It was much less shy than an adult, though eventually the people passing by were too much to tolerate and it went back into the bushes.

The male Little Owl at the Serpentine Gallery was visible but awkward to photograph. In the morning he was facing away, though he sleepily looked back over his shoulder ...

... and in the afternoon he could only be seen when looking directly into the sun.

Again no sign of an owl near the Round Pond. We may have seen the last of them for this year.

It was hot and the small birds were sheltering in the bushes, but yesterday when it was a bit cooler Ahmet Amerikali found a Willow Warbler ...

... and a Long-Tailed Tit near the Henry Moore sculpture ...

... and a Dunnock in the Rose Garden.

A Cormorant stared at a young Grey Heron on the fallen Black Poplar tree in the Long Water.

There were Cormorants all round the lake. Two perched on a fallen Lombardy Poplar by Peter Pan.

Lombardy Poplars, being tall and thin, have a tendency to blow over and several have come down in gales -- I was watching when this one fell, several years ago. A very large one at the edge of the Peter Pan waterfront, infected with wood-rotting Poplar Fieldcap mushrooms, is leaning more and more but resolutely refuses to collapse.

The Great Crested Grebe family with four chicks were scattered all over the Long Water.

The grebes with three chicks were staying under the willow by the bridge ...

... which also provided shade for a female Mallard ...

... and a group of Canada Geese.

The Black Swan had come on to the Long Water, the first time I've seen him there.

A clump of stonecrop in the Rose Garden attracted Honeybees and Buff-Tailed Bumblebees.

All the pomegranates on the bush by the Big Bird statue have been taken except for one too high to reach.


  1. Hi Ralph. That's the Canada family, step dad and mum and 3 offsprings. I wonder if they are going to survive later this year:/

    1. Well, they're more likely to survive than any cygnets, with Mr Horrible on the loose.

  2. Luckily the island cygnet has been seen today after like a week? Jenna

    1. Are you sure? It does have a history of staying on the far side of the island.

  3. Yes someone has seen him today with his parents.

  4. I watched the Black Swan cross underneath the bridge. I am very curious, what do you mean that we have seen the last of the Little Owl this year? Do they hibernate, migrate or change their habits?

    1. They just move to different trees where it's often impossible to find them.

  5. Like Sappho's apple, it's not that they didn't want it, it's that they couldn't reach it.

    1. It's a fine looking pomegranate but I doubt it's edible. We don't get enough sun even in a hot dry summer.