A pleasant day in the spring sunshine out and about round the village was spent in part in the hope of seeing a couple of recently reported birds. Last Thursday afternoon a red kite was seen over Ketts Park. This is a bird only infrequently seen in the area and would be a pleasant addition to my year list locally.
Further reports this morning came via the RBA of a turtle dove seen near the allotments and sewage works at Wymondham whilst looking for this elegant and ever rarer beauty of a dove I came across the strutting feral variety on the roofs at Church farm. They were strutting around and at least one paid a passing resemblance to the rock dove that is somewhere far away in their ancestry.
Later in the afternoon I took the west Hethersett Walk and heard a couple of lesser white throat but the highlight was three common tern who were wheeling round the fishing lake. They were breathtaking and a rare treat locally.
Also on the lake again today barnacle and Canada geese. Probably the reason the Canada geese have been so vocal this week was a brood of six fluffy yellow goslings taking to the water perhaps for the first time.