Monday, 8 April 2013
About 15 Waxwings were flying around in the tall Lombardy poplars at the west side of the Vista.
Although they have often been seen in various parts of London this year, they seldom visit the park, and this is the first time I have seen them here.
After yesterday's attack, the Tawny Owls had sensibly moved their young into cover. This owlet was in the big California bay tree in the Flower Walk.
The Little Owl was visble again this morning, as usual in the second sweet chestnut tree west of the path, where we suppose that his mate is on her nest. We may get a better view of the proceedings last year, though the male owl is still a bit nervous after being attacked last year. If you approach nearer than 50 yards he retreats into his tree.
There are still over 20 Redwings among the trees at the south end of the Parade Ground near the bandstand, and the Northern Wheatear was a couple of hundred yards to the north of them, flying around among the trucks and tractors and perching on the plastic mesh fencing put up to keep people off the new grass.
The Great Crested Grebes nesting in the willow tree near the bridge are now well established and I saw them mating. Unlike most birds they take their time with this, and it is clear that both enjoy it. Sorry about the low quality of this photograph, taken through a lot of twigs and budding leaves.
Several Chaffinches were singing loudly in Kensington Gardens. After this one had finished, he flew down and ate a surprising quantity of pine nuts off my hand.
Other singing birds include several Goldcrests -- there is one at each end of the bridge -- Treecreepers between the leaf yard and the Tawny Owls' nest tree, Chiffchaff on the edge of the Long Water, and a Coal Tit in the Flower Walk.