On route to the Natural History Museum early this morning Pete Alfrey and I dropped in to Hyde Park in London to see the first ever inner London Bearded Tits - 2 ringed female birds feeding in a tiny strip of reeds on the Serpentine, next to the Diana Memorial Fountain. The birds showed incredibly well (must be the best views of Bearded Tits I've ever had) feeding at very close range on phragmites, occasionally dropping down to the ground to drink. Both birds were caught and ringed (numbers L511927 and L511928) together on 10th November 2012 at Rye Meads, along with a male. They were not seen again after release but the two females have been present in Hyde Park since 11 December 2012 (more details here). Frustratingly I got home to find my memory card is corrupt and after three hours I have not been able to recover any photos!
Adjacent Kensington Gardens held 7 Pochard, small numbers of Shoveler and plenty of Common Gull on the Round Pond, and few Shoveler and about 13 Pochard on The Long Water/The Serpentine. Great to meet up with dedicated Hyde Park patcher Des McKenzie. I must make the effort to come back up to Kensington Gardens some time to see the often very showy Tawny Owls.
Postscript: Fortunately, 17 days later I found out that only the first image in the sequence was actually corrupt and this was preventing the other images from being downloaded. By putting the card back into the camera and plugging it into the computer I was able to download the images and delete the corrupted one. Phew!