Starting from town I took the footpaths to the north of the A120 round to Hadham Hall and then down to Hadham Ford and home.
2 swallows south were good to see, perhaps my last of the year, whilst the reverse was true as I heard, and then watched 30+ redwings moving south high overhead, the first of the autumn. A common buzzard was seen roosting in a tree and a brief glimpse of the local barn owl. There has been an increase in the moorhens population around Hadham Hall, with 14 noted, along with 3 returning mallard. On the main pool were 4 little grebe. Red legged and grey partridge were in fields in the Ash Valley along with 15+ skylarks and 6 yellowhammers sheltering from the stiff breeze.
2 late speckled wood butterflies were on the wing and a strong colony of honey fungus on a tree stump at Hadham Hall. This is an edible fungus but must be taken when very young, the older bodies have a bitter taste and can cause stomach pains. Not really recommended as the taste is not great at the best of times and they must be thoroughly cooked.
|distant common buzzard|
|very battered speckled wood butterfly|
|Lake at Hadham Hall|
|recently arrived mallards.|