Sightings at Pensthorpe – 22nd March 2024

Bird watching at Pensthorpe

Latest report from The Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society, who regularly visit Pensthorpe and record their bird sightings.

“Kathy, Ray and I had a fine morning for the count. Eleven degrees and no rain although there was a feisty, chilling westerly wind which made us want to keep in some shelter.

Signs of Spring

There was lots of birdsong and Chiffchaffs everywhere like they’d just had a delivery!

We struggled to hear or see many other spring migrants but they are clearly en route.

We saw a pair of Buzzards mating on the oak tree in the central woodland island from the farmland hide. A very brief event.

And at least 2 pairs of Shovellers doing their twirling display.

Winter duck numbers were declining.

No sign of Siskin, Redpoll or any winter thrushes.

Wader numbers were still disappointingly low which we attributed to the high water level still: it’s coming down slowly so there are at least islands at the Wader Scrape albeit only made use of by Black-headed gulls and an Oystercatcher.

A male Mandarin wandered into the woodland hide patch and we saw all the usual suspects there including a ringed Nuthatch.

It was also a very sociable morning: we met Nick and Mandy with Richard doing a new farmland survey and then Nick from the club and David from Pensthorpe.

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