Good walk with much to see. In all 33 sp of birds, a record high for 2010. Highlights were a cormorant at the lagoon shown here flying off), a reed bunting at Hadham Hall, 3 skylarks (2nd photo) along with a goldcrest near St Celia's church.
Apart from these more unusual sightings, a good selection of the regulars was also in attendance. 13 common gulls near Hadham Hall headed north as I moved them on, a song thrush was in fine voice in the school grounds and green woodpeckers yaffled in Muggin's Wood. 2 pied wagtails were on a farm house roof as a solitary great spotted woodpecker headed over the Causeway. Moorhens and coots were at their usual stations in the standing water at the hall and 2 red legged partridges were noted on the fields fromBrickKiln Hill to the school.
Further afield, my first brimstone butterfly of the year was seen by Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club at 1pm