After a successfull talk in St Albans I was lucky enough to guide 24 people around Maple Lodge
along with Keith Pursall.We split in to two groups and set off for the Rotunda hide on route I had
noted goldfinch and singing Mistle thrush on route to the reserve.
A few distant Teal were seen from Rotunda and nearby a Chiffchaff was calling.Moving on to the
the fairly new Teal hide.
From the hide a good variety of duck obliged notably Tufted , a pair of Mallard with up to four
young passed across the water in front of us.A great view of Gadwall alighting and at rest was
Sparrowhawk overhead,for yours truly in the Alders a single Lesser Redpoll. From Lynsters hide
five Egyptian geese were on the adjacent fields.
Next up Long Hedge hide produced a pair of Pochard the male in resplendant plumage.
noting Willow warbler and a Blackcap,back though the wet woodland Lesser Celandine was coming