WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - February 15th 2023We had a very nice sunny winters day for the walk on Wednesday 15th February 2023, but it felt more like a spring day and certainly some of the birds were active and singing as if it was spring. However, the most spectacular sight of the day were winter birds - a large flock of Redwings flying around and landing in the trees near the car parks. I counted at least 67 but there may have been as many as 80+ present. Also with the Redwings were their cousins, Fieldfare, with at least two birds in the flock. Both looked very good in the sun as did their British cousin, the Song Thrush, with one providing good views from the pavilion car park. The hedgerows were very active with Robins, Blue Tits, and Great Tits all feeding and singing, getting ready for the breeding season. At the lake we had a surprise - three Tufted Ducks, two males and a female. Very nice to see. The biggest surprise of the day however, was a female Blackcap, again from the pavilion car park. Presumably, a bird that had over-wintered in the UK and not a very early migrant. Also, worth noting were at least five Greenfinch in the park, including two singing males, again looking very good in the sun. Good news for this much declined species. Also, yet again from the pavilion car park, we saw two male Chaffinch, sadly, another much declined bird species in our area. A very good day in the park and full details of all we saw are below,
Our next walk will be on Wednesday 15th March 2023 - email reminders will be sent nearer the date to those who have registered with Martin Singleton, the walk organiser.