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WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - January 18th 2023
Our first walk of 2023 saw freezing temperatures, lots of ice and glorious winter sunshine! We also had a special guest, Helen Innes from the Essex Wildlife Trust, who came along to see what we get up to! The park looked great in the sun, and we soon caught up
with one of our winter favourites, Redwing, with a fine-looking bird sitting in a tree near the picnic tables, this was the first of several we saw on the walk. Lots of birds were active in the hedgerows, with Blue Tits and Great Tits both feeding here, with a
few Blackbirds flying around too. We were also greeted by the usual friendly Robins, who always look great against an icy background. A small flock of birds seen flying over the large field to the left of the bridge, were identified as the other winter thrush we see
here - the Fieldfare. The lake was half covered in ice and was at the highest level we had ever seen it - at one stage the lake had over-flowed onto the path. A mini iced up lake had to be tackled here - as I always say, wellies recommended at this time of year. The
highlight of the day for many of us, was a beautiful Fox, sunbathing on the bank of the recently cleared dipping pond - brilliant. At the end we were chatting in the pavilion car park and birds just kept appearing in front of us, a flock of Long Tailed Tit, a big flock of
Fieldfare overhead - at least 50, and then a small flock of Lapwing. Having not seen Lapwing for virtually 3 years, we have now seen them on our last 2 visits! We also picked up a very nice Song Thrush here. Four thrush species seen in one day is always a good day.
Full sighting details are below.
Our next walk will be on Wednesday 15th February 2023 - email reminders will be sent nearer the date to those who have registered with Martin Singleton, the walk
Remaining dates for 2023
Summary of sightings
Birds - 24 Species
Mammals - 2 Species
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