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MONTHLY WILDLIFE WALKS - February 19th 2020

The inaugural Wick Country Park Wednesday Wildlife Walk took place at 11.30am on 19/02/2020. Six of us were present and for a fairly cold winter's day we saw/heard a surprising number of birds, including a very nice Goldcrest and a hunting Kestrel - both of which I haven't seen in the park before. There were also loads of Black Headed Gulls and Woodpigeons in the Park - hard to count when they were flying around everywhere. We just about got away with the weather too, as it only started drizzling as we arrived back at the pavilion. The Park however, is completely sodden with all the rain lately and there are massive puddles and loads of mud all around the paths - wellies are recommended if you are planning to visit any time soon.

What we saw/heard was:

Common NameScientific NameTotal Count
Canada GooseBranta canadensis7
Common Wood PigeonColumba palumbusabout 40
Eurasian CootFulica atra2
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusabout 50
Mew GullLarus canus1
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus2
European Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis1
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus1
Eurasian MagpiePica picaabout 12
Carrion CrowCorvus corone5
Eurasian Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus10
Great TitParus major3
Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus3
GoldcrestRegulus regulus1
Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes3
Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris1
Common BlackbirdTurdus merula2
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos2
European RobinErithacus rubecula10
DunnockPrunella modularis2
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis7
MallardAnas platyrhynchos2

A total of 22 species with my favourite being the Goldcrest, although the Goldfinches and Long Tailed Tits looked pretty good too. No other wildlife was seen - to be expected in winter - we might get some early butterflies next time out if it's warm enough.

The next walk will be on Wednesday 18th March - we look forward to seeing you all then.

Martin Singleton
Wickford Wildlife Society
Walk Leader.


A photo record of the walk, taken by Chris Lee:

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