© Worth Park Friends 2024
We recorded 24 lists of the birds seen or heard on different days in Worth Park throughout the year. Birds recorded on every visit are scored as 100%. Coot, Canada Goose, Moorhen and Woodpigeon were seen every time. (Strangely on our first visit in 2021 there were no Canada Geese - odd.) Carrion Crow, Mallard and Magpie were seen on all but one visit. Blackbird and Blue Tit were seen on all but two visits. Great Tits were more scarce. It seems that you have about a one in five chance of seeing a Kingfisher. I was surprised to realise that we had only seen a Buzzard once and that we had seen a Grey Wagtail more often than a Pied Wagtail. Chaffinch and Greenfinch are not often seen and House Sparrows are only seen half the time. Surprisingly Siskin were not seen even though there are Alder trees that they like in the park. They have been seen in previous years. Similarly Treecreeper were not seen this year even though they used to be regular and were the stars of the Dawn Chorus Walks. Tantalisingly Little Egret was seen in Grattons Park but they did not make the short hop over into Worth Park for us. Also frustratingly I thought I saw a Green Woodpecker as it was chased away by a dog. I hope we get a better sighting one day. (Aside - we have had a Green Woodpecker [rare] and a Great Spotted Woodpecker [quite common] in our home garden not far from the park on the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021.) Tom & Chris Howard-Jones 2nd January 2021.