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

Common Sandpiper 

(Picus viridis)


(Anas strepera)

 Black headed gull

(Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Look out for common sandpiper on migration. It is a smallish wader with contrasting brown upperparts and white underparts.

It habitually bobs up and down, known as ‘teetering’.

Keep your eyes peeled for ducks in eclipse plummage this month. After breeding, ducks moult (replace the old, worn-out feathers with new ones)
Gadwall are one of the many ducks to take a look at as they go through moult – the perfect opportunity to test your bird ID skills. 

Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks. At this time of year there are plenty of juvenile (young) birds to spot, which look particularly different to their adult counterparts. 


 Lesser birds-foot-trefoil 

(Lotus corniculatus)

Cinnabar moth

(Tyria jacobaeae)

Southern hawker

(Aeshna cyanea)

Lesser bird’s-foot-trefoil is a member of the pea family. Its yellow flowers look like little slippers and appear in small clusters. 

It is also known as the “eggs & bacon” plant which refers to the egg-yolk yellow flowers and reddish buds.

The Cinnabar moth was originally named after the bright red mineral ‘cinnabar’ once used by artists as a red pigment for painting.  
Caterpillars are feeding from July – early September and are initially pale yellow but soon develop bright yellow and black stripes to deter predators.

The Southern Hawker is a large hawker dragonfly that is on the wing from the end of June through to October.

Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.

June Sightings: 


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Egyptian Goose (Alphochen aegyptiaca)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Teal (Anas crecca)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Grey Heron (Ardea cineria)

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)

Lesser black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

Greater black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)

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)

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.