A super walk this morning, beginning in the parish at 9.30am. Exciting news was that I recorded 2 new bird species for the parish, even more amazingly that they both were in the same binocular view at the same time. Firstly, I mounted the slope to the man made lake east of Hadham Hall and immediately registered a little egret. As I peered through nmy binoculars a tufted duck (female or 1st year bird) swam into view. Other birds of note were grey heron, common buzzard and several linnets in the rape field. 2 broods of moorhen from the same parents were photographed at Hadham Hall. The larger brown birds being 2 - 3 months old whilst the smaller black ones are probably 2 - 3 days old.
Mainly however, it was a morning of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. All the usual buttereflies were recorded, some in large numbers, many shown here. The peacock butterflies looked to have recently emerged, as the phtos of both upper and underwings show bright colours, especially the black underwings as depicted here.Click to enlarge and run the cursor over the snap to see the species name. Another first for 2009 was a common darter dragonfly, along with 2 black tailed skimmers (female) and 1 emperor dragonfly. Both azure and common blue damsels were observed near the lake and in adjacent hedgerows. A new moth for the parish was found in hedgerow, namely a black and white species known as clouded border. A very distinct moth that is shown above.