It was raining the day we visited Pensthorpe and it just happened to be Paul's birthday too. He particularly wanted to see the red squirrels here as well as the water birds and wild flower meadows. This reminded me that we'd seen red squirrels in Scotland last year for his birthday - link to post here.
We did eventually see a red squirrel at Pensthorpe
The last time we visited, must have been about twenty years ago it was called Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park. It has expanded and changed quite a lot since then.
This covered viewing area was very useful in the pouring rain.
We ventured out and started to wander around the Mill Pond and the other meres and lakes to see what we could find. I fell for this little chap.
White-naped cranes with little one - just a day old when I took the photo
These Eurasian cranes were very noisy.
These cranes made no noise at all
At this point we were making our way back to the shop and cafe as we were getting quite wet - a coffee break was calling.
Back outside again we followed the bug walk and the wildflower meadow walk along by the river Wensum which runs through the park.
The wildflower meadows were full of damsel flies and the paths alive with little toadlets. I showed photos of these on my 30 Days Wild blog - link here as I managed to continue the daily posts whilst away with limited access to the internet.
Below are some of the other beautiful birds we saw.....
Turtle Doves - two turtle doves. I didn't see a partridge in a pear tree though.
Not a bird but a fascinating sculpture in one of the gardens
My favourite geese - Greylags
So distinctive and such a beautiful shape.
Apologies for the number of photos. I have loads more and there are some beautiful garden areas to explore too. We spent nearly all day there. Got wet through, dried out, got wet again and by the time we left the sun was shining.