Every week 2 members from the WVBS take a walk around Pensthorpe Natural Park and record every species that they have seen / heard and how many they have seen. This is submitted into our recorder, David Gibbons, and he collates all the data and sends it on to the County Recorder.
Below are the results from the recent monitoring visits, including a short summary from members.
Warblers singing, signs of nesting and sights of Swallows and Sand Martins Spring must be here!!
Thursday 15th April: Mute Swans, Greylag & Canada geese busy nesting, Egyptian geese with newly hatched goslings. Newly hatched Coots could be seen learning the skills required for life. Double figures with Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Teal & Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Pochard & 5 Mandarin Ducks. 3 Little Egrets, 2 Great White Egrets & 3 Grey Herons. Singing Warblers with 3 Cetti’s, 4 Blackcaps & 6 Chiffchaffs providing music to our ears. Raptors, with another good show, of a single Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks, 9 Buzzards & 1 Kestrel. Always nice to see, Avocets, today numbering 7, 17 Oystercatchers, 14 Lapwings and a solitary Ruff amongst the waders on view. Black-headed Gulls formed the greatest number of a single species, totalling 517, Herring & Common also present along with 7 Mediterranean Gulls. 1 Swallow doesn’t make a summer, but about 12 today along with around 8 Sand Martins. In the trees, 5 Treecreepers, where else would you expect to see them, & 2 Nuthatches. Finally Lesser Redpolls with a count of 4. Many thanks to Paul Adams & David Laurie.
Sunday 25th April: Sounds of song birds & sights of Spring again today, on a dry day with the occasional appearances from the sun. A slight breeze from the NE bringing in cooler periods. Warblers numbering 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Cetti’s, 8 Blackcaps & a solitary Whitethroat singing to sort out territories and mates. Only 4 Swallows seen this morning and 2 Song Thrushes. Black-headed Gulls numbering 334 today. 15 Avocet and a single Little Ringed Plover were the best of the waders. Raptors, 5 Buzzards, 2 Red Kites & 3 Sparrowhawks recorded this trip. 5 Sedge Warblers, heard but not seen, 2 Reed Buntings & 2 Little Egrets. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a single Green Woodpecker also recorded. As far as mammals went, 3 Muntjac & 2 Roe Deer were spotted along with 2 Grey Squirrels. Our thanks go to Emily Leonard & Nick Edwards.