Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in the leaf yard yesterday, and one of them reappeared today. It is too early for them to be drumming, which of course makes them much easier to find.
There were several Starlings in the leaf yard. Most of them spend their time at the Round Pond or in Hyde Park, but enough turn up here to make feeding the tits difficult. You don't want a Starling dive-bombing your hand with its painfully sharp beak. But they have wonderful iridescent plumage.
The Scaup is still in the park: Tony Duckett spotted him yesterday on the Serpentine, where he had gone to escape the ice on the Round Pond. I thought I saw him distantly on the Round Pond this morning, but when I hurried round to the other side I couldn't find him, so he could be anywhere now.
While I was looking for him, I was pursued round the pond by four Jackdaws, which are now getting very pushy and stand in front of you staring with their bright eyes until you feed them.
Two young Herring Gulls were chasing each other over the Serpentine.
On the Long Water, one of the Little Grebes was fishing under the dead willow tree near the Italian Garden. It came out from among the twigs for a brief moment before diving.
A flock of Long-Tailed Tits, with a few Blue Tits tagging along with them, swept through the trees north of the Orangery.
The pair of Coal Tits at the Rima relief are now coming out when they see me arriving, and calling to make sure that I notice and feed them.
The male Tawny Owl wasn't there when I first went by this morning, but fortunately came out later and started preening.