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.
Friday 16th July A 7.30 am start the weather being cool with a slight breeze but becoming sunny as the morning progressed. Birds were very quiet this morning but this was compensated by the butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies, not to mention the noisy crickets. 114 Barnacle geese and 90+ Greylag including juveniles. On the Warbler front a single Cetti’s was heard and 3 Reed and 2 Sedge seen. Raptors saw 2 Buzzards and 2 Red Kites. Ducks included 70+ Mallards, 41 Gadwalls & 28 Tufted Ducks. House Martins numbered 5 along with 8 Swallows and a single Swift. A single Little Egret & Little Grebe both seen. 5 Common Terns noted on the reserve. Juveniles seen were Coots, Moorhens, Mallards, Mute Swans & Tufted Ducks. 56 species seen in total. Also noted were a single Muntjac, Roe Deer & Grey Squirrel. Many thanks to Laura & Emily.
Friday 23rd July A warm, overcast day with light winds, a bit of relief after the recent hot days. Little bird song to be heard except for Woodpigeons. The only passage wader was a lone Green Sandpiper on the scrape. The Cackling Canada (colour ring C94 white on blue) awaiting DNA check for Cackling Canada/Barnacle cross. Still good numbers of geese, 150+ Barnacle, 83 Greylag, 9 Egyptian & 4 Canada. Most of the duck population was made up of 102 Mallard, 46 Gadwall & 35 Tufted Duck. As to the rails, Coots numbered 55 & Moorhens 18. 2 Great Crested Grebes and we were graced with a single Common Crane. Grey Herons 2 & 1 Little Egret. Raptors included singles of Marsh Harrier, Red Kite & Buzzard. Warblers were in small numbers with 4 Reed Warblers and a single Chiffchaff only recorded. Concluding the bird highlights were 6 Common Tern & 2 Reed Bunting. 54 species in total.
Mammals included single Muntjac & Hare, 3 Grey Squirrels & 5 Rabbits. Again, our thanks go to Ray & Paul.