Wild? Geese and another new song

Another sunny afternoon seemed a good time to catch up with new arrivals in west Hethersett. With every patch of scrub and trees. even before leaving the village, alive with the sound of chiffchaff and quite a few blackcap singing it looked good for some other visiting migrants. Both Chiffchaffs and blackcaps were hawking flies and showing well on the hedges around the field margins. It wasn’t long before the scratchy sound of the whitethroat was heard in the hedges behind the new Ben Bovis site. It will be interesting to see how much of the birdlife stays in this stretch as the housing develops.


Whitethroat Credit: Tom Moodie via Compfight cc

The nearby corn field had singing skylark which is the first I have seen displaying on this side of the village. There was no sign of yesterdays hirundines however the fishing lake was devoid of fishermen but full of geese. I counted 9 greylag geese 1 canada goose and an unexpected surprise of 5 barnacle geese. I had read reports of a small feral flock which had nested in previous years in the lake at Hethersett Hall but had never seen them.

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 Barnacle Goose

Other sightings from around the county of interest today include ring ouzels, blue headed wagtail and little bunting at Snettisham. Dotterel at Choseley. Kentish plover at Cley as well as a white tailed eagle which turned up at Blakeney, Burnham Overy Holkham and Holme as it moved around the coast


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