Sightings at Pensthorpe – 6th April 2024

Wetland Hide Birdwatching sightings board

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

It was a blustery day and it seemed unlikely that the temperature would reach the low 20’s that had been forecast. Nevertheless the day started well with 28 species seen in and around the car park and drive.

The Farmland Hide and field beyond was quiet as usual, even the buzzard who is always around was missing, but we did spot some Linnet in the field.

The Wetland was also quiet with only a handful of Teal, Tufted duck, Shoveler and Shelduck, along with the ever present Greylags. 2 Little and 2 Great Crested Grebe were good to see, along with a male Marsh Harrier.

2 male and 1 female Mandarin duck were a treat at the Woodland Hide and we had close up views of the Jackdaws building a nest in the split tree. There were Blue, Great and Coal tit on the feeders but unusually no Marsh tit seen or heard.

We saw 2 Pochard from the Scrape Hide and had very distant views of 2 Little Egret. We checked the gulls there and the ones on Moon Water carefully but there was no sign of the Mediterranean gulls seen last week.

Everywhere was alive with bird song and I was really pleased to correctly identify a Blackcap singing just before seeing it. My first of the year. As we returned to the car park I also saw my first Swallow, so all in all a very good day.


Mandy Etherington & Nick Edwards

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