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 July

Green Sandpiper 

(Tringa ochropus)

Yellow Wagtail

(Motacilla flava)


(Alcedo atthis)

Look out for green sandpiper, a passage migrant. It is often mistaken for a large house martin when in flight. It frequently bobs up and down when standing. 

Best seen from our Wader Scrape hides. 

Keep your eyes peeled for yellow wagtails. They are not a common visitor to Pensthorpe, however they do turn up on passage most years. 

It breeds in a variety of habitats in the UK, including arable farmland, wet pastures and upland hay meadows.

Kingfishers fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water’s surface

Young kingfisher will start dispersing at the end of the month so may be more visible along the Wensum and around the park’s lakes. 



 Small red-eyed damselfly

(Erythromma viridulum)

Hummingbird hawk moth

(Macroglossum stellatarum)

Rosebay willowherb

(Chamaenerion angustifolium)

A small dark Damselfly. with a bronze-black top of the thorax and grey, rather than black, legs. 

Look for them on ponds with Water Lilies where they land on the plant’s leaves.

Similar to Bee hawk moths in flight but the Humming-bird Hawk-moth has orange-brown hindwings which is evident in flight. It has forewings that are greyish-brown and a black and white chequered body.
Becoming increasingly common in the UK. Best seen in the Millennium Garden.

Also known as ‘Fireweed’ this plant colonised the UK as a result of land clearance caused by bombing during the two world wars. They have since spread throughout the UK.

It is a useful nectar source for pollinators but self-seeds readily making it a troublesome garden weed.

July Sightings: 


Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 


Teal (Anas crecca)


Grey Heron (Ardea cineria)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

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)

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Great spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

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)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

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)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Linnet (Linaria cannabina)


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