This page was updated on Tuesday, 14-Feb-2023 20:24:41 GMT


In progress.... It is likely that this page will not display well on a small screen, such as a phone. Please call back early in 2023 by when I will have completed a tidy of the (auto generated) code. Meanwhile, as necessary, please view the PDF version, which has the same content Wildlife Walk - November 2022 Our latest wildlife walk took place on Wednesday 16th November. Despite a forecast for showers, we enjoyed a very pleasant sunny morning for November and managed to see some nice birds around the park. The highlight of the day being not one but two Peregrine Falcons overhead near the large mound! As is normal with Peregrines, we heard them before we saw them, moving fairly fast away from the Park, but while in flight they displayed "claw to claw" mid-air. Presumably, a pair and a very good record for the Park. Peregrines have been breeding in the Wickford area for a few years now and are hopefully increasing - there are certainly enough pigeons to keep them well fed! The resident Park birds are busy getting ready for winter with both Robins and Blue Tits, plus Goldfinches very active. A friendly Robin posed very nicely for me, and a couple of photos are included below. The lake was fairly quiet with only three Canada Geese there and the usual Mallards were away or hiding. As we were leaving the Park a bird flew across the road to Fanton Hall, and this turned out to be a very nice Song Thrush, a good end to the day. Details of all species seen/heard have been tabulated below.

Just a reminder of the remaining dates for the walks this year:
December 14th

All starting at 10.30am from the Pavilion car park. Please note these dates in your diaries but as usual I will confirm by email / WhatsApp whether the walks will go ahead depending on weather etc.
The dates are also available on the News Headlines page.

Martin Singleton

Birds - 20 Species
Common Name Scientific Name Date Total Count Notes
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 16/11/2022 19 Three at the lake and at least 16 overhead near the large mound
Canada Goose Branta canadensis 16/11/2022 3 Just three at the lake
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 16/11/2022 5 Usual birds around the park
Common Blackbird Turdus merula 16/11/2022 7 A few seen feeding on berries in the hedgerows
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 16/11/2022 2 Nice to see a couple of Chaffinches in the Park
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 16/11/2022 4 At the lake
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus 16/11/2022 18 Usual guess of how many we saw around the Park
Dunnock Prunella modularis 16/11/2022 1 Near the road to Fanton Hall
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 16/11/2022 9 Several seen and heard in the hedgerows
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 16/11/2022 1 Seen from the pavilion car park
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 16/11/2022 2 At the lake
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 16/11/2022 4 Only a few today - perhaps last year's youngsters have moved on
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 16/11/2022 1 One seen behind the large mound
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 16/11/2022 13 Several seen feeding in the hedgerows and flying overhead
European Robin Erithacus rubecula 16/11/2022 13 Very vocal and active today
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 16/11/2022 2 Just two behind the large mound
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 16/11/2022 2 Two birds heard calling and then seen overhead displaying - from the path behind the large mound
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 16/11/2022 1 Seen from the road to Fanton Hall
Western Jackdaw Coloeus monedula 16/11/2022 3 Three overhead from the car park
White Wagtail (Pied) Motacilla alba yarrellii 16/11/2022 1 One overhead at the lake

Mammals - 1 Species
Common Name Scientific Name Date Total Count Notes
Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis 16/11/2022 2 One in the hedges near the bridge and one near the "kestrel" box

Martin Singleton

Photos taken on 16th November 2022 at The Wick Country Park (by Martin Singleton)

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