Sorry for the late appearance of today's post. Blogger was having a technical problem and I couldn't upload the pictures.
Flocks of Long-Tailed Tits are dashing around all over the park. These were at the top of Buck Hill.
Everyone is scanning them to try to see if the elusive Yellow-Browed Warbler is with them. I did see a small warbler flying with them across the road into Hyde Park, but it was at some height directly above my head, and much more likely to be a Chiffchaff.
A Blackbird was drinking from a puddle.
It has to take a beakful of water and then throw its head back to swallow it. The only birds that can drink without doing this are pigeons, which seem to be able to roll their tongues to make a sort of drinking straw up which they can suck water continuously.
A Starling was shining in the sunlight on one of the teak planters at the Lido restaurant, waiting for a chance to grab some food from a table.
The young Grey Heron pushed to the front of the birds at the Dell restaurant, which were being fed by the diners on the terrace.
The other young heron was shuffling its feet on the roof of one of the small boathouses.
A Black-Headed Gull was chasing another one which had picked up a bit of bread.
A Cormorant surfaced next to a rock in the Long Water and was shocked to find a Coot staring down at it.
The four Moorhen chicks in the Dell were in a huddle together on the grass.
They are much less adventurous than the ones in the Italian Garden, which were wandering all over the place almost from the moment they hatched. Yet the Dell is a much safer place for them, with few gulls.
A Great Crested Grebe on the Serpentine was preening its brilliant white underside.
A male Tufted Duck, not yet fully white on the sides, was scratching its ear.
The female Little Owl was basking in the sunlight in the upper chestnut tree by the leaf yard.
The Chicken of the Woods fungus near Peter Pan, which was a shapeless yellow blob when I first photographed it, is developing its complicated layers. Fortunately it's behind a spiked railing, so it can be watched as it grows without someone kicking it to pieces, as happens sadly often.