Bur-reed is here in the tiny pond also; another rarity but with more records. It has spiky green balls for flowers.
Also on the walk :
Road-killed toad at "The Barn". The lane might be a candidate for a toad patrol to be set up as many were said to have been killed last spring.
12 Stock Doves together at "The Barn"
10 Mistle Thrushes together in a field at the top of Jay House Lane
Curlew calling near Whitaker Pits Farm - (present since late winter and thought to have bred.)
30 Goldfinches together feeding on Thistle seeds.
No Tree Sparrows seen but core area not visited - only a few House Sparrows around.
About 4 chiff-chaffs in various places.
A Moorhen with a fairly young juvenile at the big dam above the railway.
At the dam lower down, just above the old railway, this horse had waded right in to graze on the submerged water plants. It was pulling big bunches out, shaking a lot of the water off, then munching them down. It's not surprising that many parasites of large mammals have an aquatic stage.
interest, just for the "aah".