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Our final wildlife walk of 2022 took place on Wednesday 14th December. Despite the cold, it was nice and sunny and quite pleasant being out and about - if you were well wrapped up of course! The year of surprises continued, with yet another new bird for the list - Common Snipe! This was spotted from the bridge by Richard, who saw it feeding in the long grass around a planted tree. We wandered across the field to confirm the ID and saw it fly off towards the large mound where it disappeared into the long grass. An unusual sighting for the Park and for Wickford too. In addition to this, we added another wader to the park list - Northern Lapwing - with at least four birds seen flying overhead, two of which were seen really well in the sun. To compliment the waders, the park is currently home to lots of Redwings feeding on the berries and we saw at least 30 feeding and flying around, again giving great close views at times. Also, very active were Robins and Goldfinches, with many of each seen well. Robins are very confiding in this cold weather, virtually landing around our feet at times. The lake is completely iced over at the moment, with many of the birds such as the geese having gone off to find ice free water, but we saw a nice flock of Black-headed Gulls there, and a couple of Moorhens landing on the ice and skidding all over the place, very comical and entertaining. A very good ending to the year and who knows what we will see next year - as they say, anything can turn up anywhere!

Please scroll down to see the details of the day's sightings

Here is a link to the pictures I took on the day, apologies for the Robin overload - they were just too inviting to ignore!!AhWEUz33xHiNhfkXhPcvt1glh-rWjg?e=zLlsX4

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Martin Singleton

Birds - 21 Species

Common Name Scientific Name Date Total Count Notes
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 14/12/2022 21 A few flying around the park with a larger flock on the ice at the lake
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 14/12/2022 4 A couple around the pavilion car park and two more on the grass
Common Blackbird Turdus merula 14/12/2022 6 A few around the park feeding on berries
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 14/12/2022 4 Two at the side of the lake joined by two more comically landing on the ice
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 14/12/2022 1 A great spot by Richard. Seen feeding in long grass then flying off to the large mound. A real surprise.
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus 14/12/2022 11 Usual birds around the park
Dunnock Prunella modularis 14/12/2022 1 In the pavilion car park
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 14/12/2022 4 Just a few seen or heard today
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 14/12/2022 1 In the pavilion car park
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius 14/12/2022 2 Near the picnic table area
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 14/12/2022 9 Several around the park today
Eurasian Wren (British) Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus 14/12/2022 3 All heard briefly singing
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 14/12/2022 14 Probably an undercount, several seen in the hedges and overhead. Very active.
European Greenfinch

Chloris chloris



One spotted by Lorraine behind the pavilion

European Herring Gull

Larus argentatus



At least two overhead

European Robin

Erithacus rubecula



Lots of friendly birds today out searching for food


Turdus pilaris



Only one in the small copse near the bridge

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo



Overhead - probably searching for ice free lakes

Great Tit

Parus major



One near the main gates and two in the pavilion car park

Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus



Another surprise with two singles overhead and then two more seen well near the large mound


Turdus iliacus



Lots of birds in the park feeding on berries and flying around. At least 30 seen but probably more in the park.