9 of us congregated at the village hall car park in frosty conditions at 5.00am. The route was to take us up Brick Kiln Hill, through Millennium Wood and around Bury Green on paths that led to Great Hadham G.C and Danebridge before completing the circuit via the river valley. A super walk with good bird song and some most pleasant company. 38 species in all, with several highlights, none more so than flushing 2 mandarin ducks from trees near Much Hadham. A moorhen flying over a field near Bury Green also raised a few eyebrows and we were all pleased to record the first swallow of the year, over houses at Bury Green at 6.00am.
Another first for the year was recording a willow warbler in Millennium Wood and with both tawny and little owl heard calling a most successful wander.
Bird List: canada goose, mandarin duck, mallard, pheasant, moorhen, wood pigeon, collared dove, little owl, tawny owl, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, skylark, swallow, wren, dunnock, robin, song thrush, blackbird, blackcap, whitethroat, willow warbler, chiffchaff, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, nuthatch, magpie, jay, jackdaw, carrion crow, rook, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, bullfinch and yellowhammer.
Photos depict the early morning sunrise around Bury Green.
The next walk is planned for Sunday 16th May: 5.00am at the village hall. Please contact me for further details and to register your interest so we don't leave without you.