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WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - August 23rd 2023
This month's wildlife walk took place on Wednesday 23rd August. It was a very warm sunny day, so pleasant for wandering around the park, albeit a bit hot at times. It is a quiet time of year for birds, breeding season is largely over, and birds can just concentrate on
feeding but we did get a couple of highlights. The main one being a Kingfisher with a fish in its beak flying from the lake, over the teasel field and away! Very unexpected and probably shows that Kingfishers visit the lake more regularly than we think - there are
plenty of places for them to hide!
Robins were very active this month singing from all parts of the park. At this time of year they are sorting out their winter territories, so expect plenty of Robin song over the next few weeks. There are plenty of juvenile birds in the
park at this time of year, all learning their songs and at times it was difficult to identify the various tweets and whistles from the hedges as they do this - a bit frustrating but all part of the fun! By the winter they will all have learned to sing from the adults, and we
will again be able to identify them.
There were a few Swallows and House Martins overhead, probably feeding on their slow migration south, as was a late solitary Swift. Hard to believe that Swallows travel all the way to South Africa, although a very small number
do over-winter in the UK mainly in the South West!
With the sunny weather it was a good day for butterflies, although numbers were down on last month, as this year's adults come to the end of their time. Many butterfly species seem to have had a good year, but we
have not seen a Common Blue or many Skippers this year, so perhaps these species have been affected by last year's drought? Only by recording and counting as we do will show over the years what is happening to our wildlife populations in the park.
We saw a few
dragonflies and damselflies at the lake including a very elusive Large Red-Eyed Damselfly and a couple of Brown Hawkers. There are several Migrant Hawkers in the park at the moment and you will see them patrolling the hedgerows for insect prey. As the name
suggests, traditionally these are a late summer migrant to the UK from the continent, but they do breed in the UK and the migrants join the residents at this time of year, sometimes in very large numbers.
As well as seeing a squirrel we did add another mammal to the list as a Fox crossed the road as we were leaving the park.
The next walk will take place on Wednesday 13th September at 10.30am, but I will remind you all nearer the date.
Remaining dates for 2023
Summary of sightings
Birds - 19 Species
Note, I have included a bit more data from my recordings this month.
Butterflies - 9 Species
Dragonflies/Damselflies - 4 Species
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