Spring Sightings


Early this morning with thick frost on the fields either side of the B1172 spring felt a long way off. The trees were decked with a couple of hundred woodpigeon and the numbers suggest we still have some winter visitors boosting the local population. Another image reminiscent of winter presented when 6 wild greylag geese flew from the west and disappeared East of Hethersett Old Hall School.

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Greylag geese in flight.

 Credit: LHG Creative Photography via Compfight cc

Early sunshine soon got rid of the frost and locally I heard my first singing skylark of the year although not in Hethersett fields just yet. The first reports of spring Migrants are coming in nationally with chiffchaffs singing in southern counties, sandmartins streaming across the coast with one seen today over the UEA. Turtle doves have also been reported singing at Kelling in North Norfolk having returned from Africa although with these on the critical list  it is unlikely we will see any locally perhaps ever again

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Turtle Dove  Photo Credit: Cybergate9 via Compfight cc

I also had the first sightings over the centre of the village today of Lesser black backed gulls which have stubbornly avoided the area up until now with up to four hunting for food in gardens.

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Lesser Black backed Gull in its more natural coastal setting however these opportunists have made their homes around people and their abundant food sources

 Credit: timabbott via Compfight cc

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