Sightings

As well as our Wardens and volunteers from Wensum Valley Bird Watching Society reporting their sightings, regular visitors to Pensthorpe keep us up to date with what they have spotted.

What to look out for in September

Jay  
(Garrulus glandarius)

 

Swallows & Martins 
Swallow – (Hirundinidae)

 

                  Mixed flocks                    (Columba palumbas)

 

<p style="font-size: 0.9rem;font-style: italic;"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30554679@N02/3127174203">"Garrulus Glandarius"</a><span>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30554679@N02">anabis</a></span> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" style="margin-right: 5px;">CC BY 2.0</a><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="display: inline-block;white-space: none;opacity: .7;margin-top: 2px;margin-left: 3px;height: 22px !important;"><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc_icon.svg" /><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc-by_icon.svg" /></a></p>Not the most visible of birds for most of the year, this colourful member of the Crow family can be seen regularly during autumn. As their scientific name suggests – Garrulus glandarius translates as ‘chattering acorn gather’ – the Jay will be busy collecting and stashing acorns for winter. We have a number of oak trees around the park so watch out for the birds as they go about their gathering and then burying exploits.

 

<p style="font-size: 0.9rem;font-style: italic;"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/15016964@N02/36235686501">"Swallow"</a><span>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/15016964@N02">Marie Hale</a></span> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" style="margin-right: 5px;">CC BY 2.0</a><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="display: inline-block;white-space: none;opacity: .7;margin-top: 2px;margin-left: 3px;height: 22px !important;"><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc_icon.svg" /><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc-by_icon.svg" /></a></p>Migration starts in earnest in September sometimes resulting in large flocks of birds gathering to feed up before their epic journeys. Swallows and house martins assemble over fields and water bodies where they hunt for flying insects. Their activities sometimes attract the attention of hunting hobbies which will also be migrating south. Look out for the swallows and martins over the lakes and fields around the park; you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hobby.

 

 

<p style="font-size: 0.9rem;font-style: italic;"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78574237@N06/29319336012">"Wood pigeon"</a><span>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78574237@N06">EMartinH</a></span> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" style="margin-right: 5px;">CC BY-SA 2.0</a><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="display: inline-block;white-space: none;opacity: .7;margin-top: 2px;margin-left: 3px;height: 22px !important;"><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc_icon.svg" /><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc-by_icon.svg" /><img style="height: inherit;margin-right: 3px;display: inline-block;" src="https://search.creativecommons.org/static/img/cc-sa_icon.svg" /></a></p>Autumn is a time when many of our resident birds flock together to look for food. Some flocks are comprised of a single species, such as the wood pigeon, but others contain a variety of species. You may stumble across one of these flocks whilst walking through our woodlands. Close inspection could reveal, blue, great, coal and long-tailed tits, goldcrest and siskin on the hunt for food. Listen out for various different contact calls to announce their approach.

August Sightings: 

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)

Teal (Anas crecca)

Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Grey Heron (Ardea cineria)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Coot (Fulica atra)

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Common Gull (Larus canus)

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Great spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Great tit (Parus major)

Coal tit (Periparus ater)

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Marsh tit (Poecile palustris)

Long-tailed tit (Aegihalos caudatus)

Cettis Warbler (Cettia cetti)

Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Magpie (Pica pica)

Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Linnet (Linaria cannabina)

 

 

You can tweet your sightings to @pensthorpe or tell a staff member.