Sunday 22 October 2023

Returning Common Gull

A Pied Wagtail explored the roof of one of the boathouses, looking for insects between the slates.

Jays haven't been seen much recently, as they are busy collecting and burying acorns and nuts for the winter. One took a break and came to the Flower Walk to ask for a peanut.

The male Chaffinch in the Flower Walk also wanted feeding ...

... and so did the dominant Robin.

Long-Tailed Tits worked over a holly tree near the Vista.

A sunny morning had brought people to the terrace of the Lido restaurant, and a Carrion Crow joined the Starlings on an umbrella waiting for a chance to scavenge.

The Little Owl at the Round was still in her hole when I went past the tree for the first time ...

... but later she came out to perch on her usual branch.

There was a report of an adult Mediterranean Gull on the Parade Ground near Marble Arch, but by the time I got there the Sunday crowds had driven all the gulls away.

However, a single Common Gull had returned to a post at Peter Pan.

The Black-Headed Gull EZ 73323 had come back to his usual post beside the Serpentine. He was clearly annoyed to find that the old wooden signs which he could perch on comfortably have been replaced with sharp-edged metal ones.

I don't approve of the new signs either. They just say 'No swimming' and no longer have anything about the need to put dogs on leads and to refrain from harassing the waterfowl.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was away, though he had caught and eaten his breakfast earlier. You can always tell he's gone when there's a crowd of Herring Gulls on his patch, as when he's there he chases them away.

The old Grey Heron at the Henry Moore sculpture was standing on one leg, something herons often do but he doesn't because of his arthritis. Perhaps he's feeling better.

The Great Crested Grebe pair at the bridge seem to have settled down by the willow where they nested. They stick to their favourite resting places.

There were seven Cormorants on the raft. They prefer to stand on the corner posts, which are more comfortable for their feet than the thin plastic sheet.

Two female Tufted Ducks dived together at the north end of the Long Water, seen from the Italian Garden whose fountains you can hear in the background.

Pochards and Tufted Ducks rested under a tree by the Vista.


  1. Good seeing you today Ralph, great shot of the little owl staring at the camera!

    1. She's an obliging bird. I wish I could find where her mate has gone, but he could be anywhere in the area.

    2. You could put signs up every 10 yards and some of the dog-walkers would manage to overlook them ; people like that tend to ruin the day :l

    3. If they did read them they'd take no notice. They live on Planet Dog where everything their pet does is funny and lovely, and when they meet they talk about dogs.