Jackdaw with personal touch at Lakenheath Fen

A young jackdaw has been getting up close and personal with visitors to a Norfolk wildlife reserve.

The bird, christened Jack, has developed a habit of perching on visitors to the RSPB’s Lakenheath Fen as they walk past, and has a particular liking for people’s head and shoulders.

Experts believe the young bird is likely to have recently fledged in one of the poplar woods, and appears used to large numbers of people.

Information officer, David White, said: “My first experience of Jack was a couple of weeks ago when he came and flew onto my shoulder. He took great interest in my hat and was very reluctant to leave his newly found perch.

“He eventually tired of my shoulder and flew off but not before leaving a very distinct white and creamy calling card on me. We are very keen to get people close to wildlife here on the reserve, but perhaps not that close.”

The reserve is open at all times and the visitor centre daily 9am until 5pm.

RSPB members can visit for free with a small charge of �2 per car for non-members of the RSPB. For more information call 01842 863400 or e-mail lakenheath@rspb.org.uk.

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