This is only the second time I have been here. Several years ago, Dad and I got lost amongst the gorse bushes. Today, we were determined to stick to the main path this time. I wanted to come here because of two species of bird that I have heard were found here. I had just got out of the car when I saw the first of my two target species. Dad spotted these brown pigeons flying into a tree which the main path travels under. I had only just got my binoculars out when he pointed them out. I placed them to my eyes and I saw the unmistakable plumage of two turtle doves! This is sadly a rapidly declining species in the UK thanks to a combination of how the British countryside is managed and the shooting of thousands of birds in the Mediterranean every spring. Norfolk is still (for now) a stronghold for these lovely birds.
|Turtle Dove from Pensthorpe last year|