Easter Monday turned out to be a beautiful day and we chose to take Jet for a walk locally along the Freshney Parkway. We had a short distance to cover along the pavement before we could get off road and into the Parkway along the banks of the sparkling River Freshney, a small chalk stream that rises as springs at Laceby and flows through Grimsby into the River Humber through the docks. If that sounds grim at the end suffice it to say that otters have been seen in the river in recent months. Today was very mild and springlike and it wasn't long before we saw the first of two kingfisher sightings and a fox which studied us from the far bank before moving off into the undergrowth. Spring was coming on a pace with carpets of butterbur on the banks and as and pussy willow coming into flower. I also heard my first summer visitor of the year: a chiff chaff calling from the trees.