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WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - June 21st 2023
The latest wildlife walk in the park took place on Wednesday 21st June and the warm sunny weather saw a record attendance. The warm weather also brought out plenty of wildlife, with lots of birds and insects seen and two orchid species found. A
major highlight for many was another Red Kite, our second record this year, flying overhead near the bridge. We all had excellent views as it came down quite low - being mobbed by Swallows, House Martins and Swifts. Fantastic! As we walked around the paths we
saw lots of
butterflies, mainly Meadow Browns but also lots of Holly Blues too. A couple of Large Skippers were also found as was a tricky Essex Skipper. We were also surprised to see Marbled Whites this early in the year as they are normally a mid to late summer species.
However, it was great to see a good number of these in the park - one of my favourites. A few dragonflies/damselflies were seen, with a medium sized yellow dragonfly perched on a bramble causing a few ID issues. Back home with photos and a book, it turned out to
be an immature male Common Darter. Quite tricky when the juveniles are different colours than the adults. In respect of the orchids, a couple of Bee Orchids were found near the picnic tables and a Pyramidal Orchid was found near the lake. However, one of the
most exciting finds of the day was a caterpillar! This turned out to be an early form of the Emperor Moth caterpillar - a first record for the park. I have attached a downloaded photo of the adult male - what a great specimen this is. The male is a day flying moth,
active in sunshine from April to late May. The caterpillars are active from May to August and then pupate and spend the winter in a cocoon on a plant near the ground. They then emerge as an adult moth next spring. We will have to keep our eyes open in April and
May 2024 to see if we can spot any adult moths now we know that they are there.