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WICK COUNTRY PARK WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - May 17th 2023
The latest wildlife walk in the Wick Country Park took place on Wednesday 17th May. It was a day of sunny spells and pleasantly warm and the birds responded accordingly with a bumper total of 34 species identified. The main attraction in the park at this time of
year are summer migrants and we managed to see/hear six of these on the walk, with four warbler species - Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Reed warbler - plus Swallow and Swift. Surprisingly, Cetti's warbler is not a migrant but a resident bird but is
increasing in the UK and it was very good to hear this singing during springtime. It is a skulking shy bird and heard more than seen, so confirming breeding will be virtually impossible, and all we can hope for is to hear increasing numbers in the park to assume
breeding success. Another highlight for many of us, was the large number of chicks on the lake, Canada Geese, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen all have very cute and photogenic chicks at the moment, so its well worth popping over with your camera. However, the stars
of the lake for me at the moment are the pair of imperious and elegant Great Crested Grebes. They just seem to glide around the lake, fishing with ease, carrying an air of lofty distain for everything else around them, including us. A good binocular view will show
what fabulous birds they are but they do keep their distance and you will only get a long range photograph.
In addition to the birds, it was pleasing to see a few butterflies, which are finally starting to emerge from a pretty cool start to spring. Full details of all sightings are below.
Some of the photos taken by Martin Singleton on this walk can be viewed here
The next walk will take place on Wednesday 21st> May at 10.30am, but I will remind you all nearer the date.
Remaining dates for 2023
Summary of sightings
Birds - 34 Species
Butterflies - 4 Species
Mammals - 1 Species
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