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There were 6 of us at the walk this morning and some of the "early birds" had already heard a Chiffchaff singing - an early migrant warbler - and saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker fly over. Lots of Robins were singing and displaying all along the walk and Blue Tits were also very active in the trees and bushes. A highlight for some of us was a small flock of Long Tailed Tits - they are such cute little birds and great to see. Less colourful but also good to see were at least 4 Chiffchaffs, almost certainly arrived here this week, but not yet singing much. The lake was quiet this month, except for the usual Canada Geese and a resting Cormorant but a Cetti's Warbler was heard singing - a good bird for the park. This is a non-migrating warbler and the mild winters are helping it expand throughout the UK. A distant Skylark was heard at one point, which is a good sign for the planned teasel plantation. We also saw a smart male Sparrowhawk flying very low across the grass into the hedges - very nice to see. Green Woodpeckers also seemed active, although we only heard them and did not actually see them. An interesting observation, was that all the Blackbirds we saw were males - are the females sitting on eggs already? They are early breeders, so this could be the case. Finally, a sign that spring is nearly here - despite the dull weather a butterfly was seen but not well enough to identify. Otherwise, the paths are still very muddy and wet in parts, although not as bad as last month, and wellies are recommended for all visitors.

Detailed sightings:

What we saw/heard was:

Common NameScientific NameFirst DateTotal Count
Canada Goose Branta canadensis 18/03/2020 6
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 18/03/2020 3
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus 18/03/2020 19
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 18/03/2020 1
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 18/03/2020 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 18/03/2020 1
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 18/03/2020 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 18/03/2020 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major 18/03/2020 1
European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis 18/03/2020 3
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 18/03/2020 11
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 18/03/2020 4
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 18/03/2020 16
Great Tit Parus major 18/03/2020 6
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis 18/03/2020 1
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti 18/03/2020 1
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 18/03/2020 4
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 18/03/2020 4
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 18/03/2020 6
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 18/03/2020 4
Common Blackbird Turdus merula 18/03/2020 8
European Robin Erithacus rubecula 18/03/2020 19
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 18/03/2020 1
Dunnock Prunella modularis 18/03/2020 3
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 18/03/2020 1
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris 18/03/2020 3
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 18/03/2020 5

27 species - a surprisingly good number for 1.5 hours walk.

The next walk will be on Wednesday 15th April - we look forward to seeing you all then.

Martin Singleton
Wickford Wildlife Society
Walk Leader.

Unfortunately, future walks have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.. It is hoped that it might be possible to resume on July 15th 2020.