A wander around the ponds and lake behind Hadham Hall offered superb views of a new butterfly species for the parish. This was in the form of a clouded yellow, a migratory butterfly that will have travelled north from France and the continent. A super find as it is an uncommon visitor to Hertfordshire. The record has been forwarded to the Herts Natural History Society.
The large irrigation lake is being drained at present, offering muddy banks that may attract waders on migration. Yesterday apart from the resident mallards and solitary tufted duck, a pied wagtail was all that was on show. A kestrel watched me from atop a telegraph pole and several black headed gulls lazed their way south. A party of linnets were around the small pond that held coot and moorhens.
Small white and red admiral were other butterflies seen, along with many ruddy darter dragonflies and a single migrant hawker.
Photos show the clouded yellow, the pied wagtail, the draining of the lake and a view down The Causeway footpath, leading from Hadham Hall to St Celia's church, always a pleasant walk through here.