Sunday, 10 September 2017

There were a few Mistle Thrushes eating rowan berries on Buck Hill.

But most of them, along with a few Starlings, were searching for worms in the grass. There were at least 17 Mistle Thrushes in this area, an unusual number for 10 September -- have some migrant thrushes arrived already?

A flock on Long-Tailed Tits passed over the bridge, giving a good opportunity for an eye-level picture of one in a tree beside the parapet.

A Coal Tit following the flock found a grub in the bark.

The Little Owl at the leaf yard stared down from her usual chestnut tree at several people who had come to admire her.

A Carrion Crow walked into the Serpentine with its head feathers fluffed up aggressively. Perhaps it had been having an argument with another crow.

It had an enjoyable bathe and settled down.

The Black Swan was also here, minding his own business, until the local bully turned up and chased him away.

As usual, he waited until the Mute Swan had gone and came back, looking perfectly calm -- I was going to say 'unruffled', but that is not a word you can apply to this fine bird.

The proceedings were watched impassively by a pair of Gadwalls.

A young Moorhen at the Vista was begging plaintively, but its parents have now decided that it's old enough to find its own food and have stopped feeding it.

A young Black-Headed Gull played drop-catch with a leaf.

This is the young Grey Heron that was rescued earlier this year when it got a pit of plastic netting stuck on its bill. It is usually either in the Dell or beside the terrace of the Dell restaurant, though it was not yet had the nerve to come on to the terrace to grab food from diners, as its predecessor in this territory did. It is about 18 months old, and is beginning to develop the black and white head of an adult.

Starlings at the Lido restaurant always know when it's lunchtime.

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