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.

October 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)

Wigeon (Marcea)

Pochard (Aythya ferina) 

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Grey Heron (Ardea cineria)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae)

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)

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) 

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

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)


What to look out for in October

Mixed flocks- Blue Tit

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. 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Fly agaric is native to the UK and grows in woodland and heathland on light soils. This fungi is toxic to humans but is eaten by some animals including red squirrels, slugs and some beetles.