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WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - July 26th 2023
The latest wildlife walk took place on Wednesday 26th July. Weather was excellent, warm and sunny with a gentle breeze, perfect for insects and so it proved. However, the early start for some, to search for the White Letter Hairstreak, proved to be
fruitless. They were hiding or have moved on, perhaps we will find them next year. In the park itself there were hundreds of butterflies, mainly Gatekeepers but also plenty of other species to enjoy. In fact, we managed to see 13 butterfly species on the day, many in
very good numbers, and we had record counts for Gatekeeper, Peacock and Red Admiral. We also saw some other interesting insects, including Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima), Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) and a big Hornet
Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria). There was a bit of a surprise at the lake in that we did not see a single dragonfly or damselfly here. There were, however, several Migrant Hawkers around the hedges and they should be around now into the autumn. July is normally a
quiet time for birds and while they did take a back seat to the insects this month, we did record 22 species, including a mystery bird calling along the car park road. I initially thought that this may have been a Sedge Warbler, but checking the call online later showed
that it was in fact a Whitethroat. We also had two birds of prey, Kestrel and Buzzard to continue a good year for such sightings.
As with all wildlife watching, much depends on the weather and if you get a good day then the wildlife usually responds. An excellent day in the park and hopefully we will get more days like this before the summer ends.