|After two brief previous sightings in recent days, the local Waxwing|
flock landed right outside the window today and posed for photos.
Having failed to locate my local Waxwings yesterday, and had a brief visit to a very quiet Rainham where single Avocet and Grey Plover and three Barnacle Geese were the only notebook entries, I had little hope of logging anything significant while at home all day today. How wrong I was, though – the garden delivered a near-record haul of 22 species (exceeded only once before with a total of 24 species several years back). What’s more, the Waxwings came looking for me, and I was delighted to have 26 of these trilling beauties on show right outside my study window.
|Up to three Mistle Thrushes have visited the garden to feed on apples in|
recent days (above), while this unusually contrasting first-winter
female Blackbird (below) is one of eight counted today.
Today’s haul in full (with peak counts given): Common Gull (4), Black-headed Gull (40), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral Rock Dove (2), Woodpigeon (6), Collared Dove, Waxwing (26), Robin, Redwing (15), Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (3), Blackbird (8), Goldcrest, Blue Tit (6), Great Tit (2), Long-tailed Tit (5), Carrion Crow (3), Magpie (2), Starling (8), Chaffinch (4), Goldfinch (12), Greenfinch.