I mentioned that there are lots of interesting birds in my folks’ back garden; loads of wrens, chaffinches, goldfinches, thrushes, blue and great tits – all of which seem exotic to me as I only ever see various gulls, swans, wagtails, guillemots, shags etc. Well on Tuesday my mother came home to find a peacock strutting around her garden. A peacock. Beat that, eh? Since then it has been back several times, including a spell on my parents’ roof.
One morning in our back garden in Ipswich, I saw a bright blue budgerigar (or parakeet, if you prefer) who thought it was a sparrow. It was hanging out with the sparrows, it arrived with them and left with them. Of course I was the only person awake at the time and nobody believed my story.