Walk around Burton Mill Pond April 2021 Team 1

On a lovely spring morning the requisite 5 members joined Jim Bagley for a morning walk around Burton Mill. This was the first walk after lockdown 3 so we were all looking forward to a nice sociable (distanced) event. There was no wind so decisions had to be made about how many layers of clothing were required but as the morning warmed up layers began to be removed.
Around the car park we had goldfinch, nuthatch and blackcap and on Burton Mill pond had coot, tufted duck, greylag geese and mallard (Jim saw some ducklings earlier).
Once in the woods we had great tit, jackdaw, lots of wren, blackcap and chiffchaff with pheasant and rook calling. Song thrush and blackbird were spotted and the dead tree had a buzzard before it took off to investigate the newly planted (hop?) field. We also picked up blue tit and the call of a stock dove.
Black Pond had a few mallards and a couple of canada geese, while in the trees were jay and woodpigeon.
We reached Chingford Pond which looked fairly deserted but we had mute swan, gadwall only before eagle-eyed Tony (through a scope) found little grebe and great crested grebe.
Back into the woods we had a rowing jay with a buzzard before coming out on to the heath wher we had yellowhammer. Also added were kestrel and chaffinch.
On the way round we encountered several orange-tip and brimstone butterflies. The woodland clearings have bluebells showing through and we also identified celandines, violets, primroses, cuckooflower, marsh marigold and stitchwort.Returning to Burton Mill pond we added moorhen and down the spillway were grey and pied wagtails.

A magical morning to get us back in the swing of thing and many thanks to Jim and the company.

John Kelsall


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