The male Little Owl reappeared in his usual place after a couple of days' absence. The second time I passed the tree, a brief sunny spell lit him pleasantly.
Earlier, there had been a furious rattling from a chestnut tree just up the hill. Two Mistle Thrushes were scolding some Magpies which had landed higher up in the tree. A Blackbird joined in the racket.
There was also a Great Spotted Woodpecker, which remained silent but was so engrossed by the Magpies that this normally very shy bird allowed me to come to within 30 ft of it.
The Carrion Crow family of Charlie, Melissa and Kevin chased me up and down Buck Hill, where I had gone to photograph Mistle Thrushes in the rowan trees. Charlie flew over my head and bashed me with his wing in his usual bumptious way. This is Kevin, who has been unusually brown ever since he was little. (We don't actually know if he's male, but he is called Kevin for convenience until someone finds out.)
There were several more Mistle Thrushes in and around the rowans. There has been an arrival of migrants here in the past couple of days.
The Black Swan was beside the terrace of the Dell restaurant. Some people were feeding the Mute Swans, and he pecked them out of the way to get to the front of the crowd.
His girlfriend arrived and he greeted her with raised head and hoots of delight.
Out on the lake, some Common Gulls were chasing a Black-Headed Gull which was carrying a bit of bread, dive-bombing the smaller bird until it dropped the food.
The young Great Crested Grebe from the nest on the island was cruising towards the Lido.
All the grebes were fishing in the middle of the lake. It seems that the numerous Cormorants have almost exhausted the stock of fish around the wire baskets under the bridge.
This fungus was growing on the east side of the Long Water a few yards north of the bridge. It is a Pestle Puffball, Lycoperdon excipuliforme, and there was one in the same place last year.
After the previous one had grown to the size of a man's fist, and burst to release its spores, the empty husk remained in place for several months. It is a very tough kind of fungus.