There were at least 15 Pied Wagtails on the grass east of the Triangle Car park. Here a female stands on tiptoe to look over the grass for insects before rushing to catch one.
Probably the wagtails are here because the area under the trees at the bottom of the Parade Ground has just been sown with grass seed as part of the restoration works, and is jammed solid wth Feral Pigeons eating the seed.
One of the pair of Long-Tailed Tits building a nest in the Rose Garden was pulling bark fibres off a tree to strengthen the nest.
The main structural material of the spherical nest is spider webs, with moss and lichen as filler and a lining of small feathers.
A Grey Heron landed on its nest on the island to take over incubation duty from its mate, which is invisible at the bottom of the huge twiggy structure.
At the end of the island the Great Crested Grebes were maintaining their nest. I was hoping to see some eggs when one bird stood up, but the white bits in the nest are just bits of plastic bag.
The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was with his mate near the Dell restaurant. Someone threw a bit of food down, and both she and a passing Carrion Crow lunged at it. But when they discovered that it was a piece of tomato, they lost interest and went away.
A young Herring Gull in the Diana fountain enclosure was playing with a plastic bottle cap, which it had crushed flat with its powerful bill.
There was a chilly breeze, and the mother Egyptian Goose at the Round Pond had gathered her brood under her wings.
A Moorhen strolled through the butterbur plants near the Italian Garden. These will grow to several feet high, with big umbels on single stems, looking like hemlock (which for years I thought they were until someone put me right).
A Cormorant caught a perch near the bridge.
The female Little Owl was enjoying a sunny spell in the morning.
Under the tree, I was feeding some Great Tits when a new pair of Coal Tits arrived and showed an interest.
It takes a while before Coal Tits will come to your hand, so I put some food on the ground for them.
A Robin was watching the gardeners in the Sunken Garden, waiting for a chance to grab a worm.
Two squirrels were wrestling in a tree on the edge of the Bayswater Road.
Yesterday's sighting of a House Sparrow at Rainham reminded me of the sparrows we used to have in the park, which sadly dwindled away until the last ones vanished in 2000. Here is a short film made in 1926 by the cinema pioneer Claude Friese-Greene, using his own colour film process. It is the final episode in a series of travelogue films about various parts of Britain. At 5 minutes 20 seconds into the 10-minute film you can see a girl feeding sparrows in the Italian Garden.
Then as now, there were water plants in the ponds. They were abandoned as an economy measure during the war, and only restored a few years ago.
The sequence is only a few seconds, but I've included the whole film because it's interesting in its own right.