Consequently, little was seen on or around the lagoon. However, what was there was of interest as a greylag goose was feeding on the ground, before taking flight and landing on the water. Only 3rd parish record. Chiffchaffs called from New Spring Wood before I chatted with Dennis the gamekeeper. He told of a local wheatear and a flock of 80 golden plover on local fields. The plovers I had noted but the wheatear made me think it is time I got up and out early to check the local golf course, a regular spring time haunt of theirs. Dennis was also happy to see and hear children out in the countryside, making rafts and having a laugh and stealing each others bikes whilst leaving trainers, t shirts and assorted rucksacks all over the banks of the lagoon.
Back at Hadham Hall a willow warbler was fly catching but tricky to photo as there were 3 chiffchaffs about as well as flycatching blackcaps, robins and at least 5 chaffinches.
A coal tit called from the conifers as I arrived back at the car, so all in all, a good wander, with 2 peacock butterflies as well.
|red kite over Hadham Hall|
|greylag goose coming in to land|
|3rd parish record of greylag goose|
|1st willow warbler of the year|
|distant rotund blackcap|
|always good to see a willow warbler|