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  • London Plants and Animals

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on May 31st, 2013 (All posts by )

    The core of London always has been known for elaborate garden displays and open parks. However, we found these vibrant gardens in a small city square in Marylebone. May is a beautiful time to visit London as long as you don’t get rained on too much.

    In Hyde Park they have a large amount of bird life that I’ve never seen before and the usual patrolling, angry swans. In this short vignette you can see a potential “Swans vs. Dachshund” battle averted as the little dogs beat a semi-hasty retreat.

    They also had a beautiful grey heron perched on the rail of the bar facing Hyde Park. He had good colors which were a bit hard to make out from this iPhone photo at sunset.

    The ducks geese were everywhere in the park, with a large variety of colors and sizes to choose from.

    Cross posted at LITGM


    10 Responses to “London Plants and Animals”

    1. Helen Says:

      Ahem, that last picture is of geese. The Canada variety that seem to have overtaken the white European geese.

    2. Carl from Chicago Says:

      Ha ha Dan pointed out the same thing too over at LITGM.

      The internet apparently does my “fact checking”

    3. Dan from Madison Says:

      I should add that those geese make a terrible mess. Larger poop piles than you would think.

    4. dearieme Says:

      Canadians are known to be fine and noble; not so their bloody geese.

    5. Sgt. Mom Says:

      I know that the Canada gees have been driving municipalities along their migratory flyways in the eastern States absolutly bonkers – because they settle down and make a home around ponds and in golf-courses, and they stay! They stay, and stink and multiply, and apparently hunting the darned things is not permitted.

    6. Joe Wooten Says:

      They are a major pest here in N Illinois and everytime someone proposes letting the few goose hunters sround here get a few, PETA and their allies go nucking futs.

    7. Joe Wooten Says:

      And ignorant city folk feed them, and feed them very well especially during the winter.

    8. Jonathan Says:

      Maybe they’re making free-range foi gras.

    9. Mike Doughty Says:

      Those are not Canadian geese. Canadiam geese have a black neck and head. These are Greylag geese or some form thereof.

    10. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Poor little doggies – bullied by those nasty-tempered swans!