Yesterday I removed the last of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar nests that had been identified by the volunteers and myself in Bushy Park. Today I moved over to Richmond Park to assist the team there with nest removals. It gave me a chance to have a quick look at Pen Ponds before getting started. The water body itself was fairly quiet with only a couple of pairs of Great crested Grebes, single pairs Mute Swan and Common Tern. I was surprised that there were no juveniles present from any of these. There was a Tufted Duck with a brood of 5 ducklings but not much else on the water.
The only birds of interest were.
Water Rail: a juvenile was walking along the shore of the Anglers Enclosure.
Kingfisher: one was fishing from a bush overhanging the fence that separates the reed bed from the main body of water.
Reed Warbler: 10 birds were in the reed bed and nearby scrub.
Common Whitethroat: 4 birds were in the brambles in the Anglers Enclosure.
Views over Lawn Field and Upper Pen Ponds at around 5.45am.
Long distance shots of the juvenile rail and Kingfisher.
Reed Warbler begging for food.
Stag Beetle (female).