Easter eggcitement: Heron chicks on RSPB’s Date With Nature, Regent’s Park

Grey herons in Regent's Park, LondonOur Date With Nature in Regent’s Park was pretty successful yesterday – no famous singers or authors this time unfortunately but the three heron chicks were the stars of the show.

There were adults in four or five of the nests but we only spotted chicks in one. I couldn’t get over how big they are, at just 3-4 weeks old. How mum, dad and the chicks will all fit in the nest for another month I do not know.

It felt very appropriate to be talking about eggs and chicks on Easter Sunday. We got a few new membership sign-ups too, and lots of signatures on the RSPB’s Letter To The Future.

My bird recognition is definitely coming along. I’ve now got the pochard and red-crested pochard down – similar to the pochard but “a bit more disco”, as Abbi says.

We saw lots of Canada geese, barnacle geese, Whooper swans, coots, moorhens and so on on the lake.

I also saw a beautiful mandarin duck. An unfortunate name choice in my opinion – one can’t help thinking of duck a l’orange.

Final stats:

  • Herons: 7-8 adults, three chicks
  • Bird fights: some quality coot scrapping. Also an amusing vendetta between a Greylag Goose and an Egyptian Goose.
  • Biscuits: half a pack of chocolate digestives, plus hot cross buns and Mini Eggs as a festive treat

There was exciting news on the peregrine falcon front this week too – a pair of peregrines have nested in the ‘perecam’ box and laid an egg! Footage will be shown on the RSPB website and hopefully there’ll be more to come.

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