Monday, 27 December 2010

Third time lucky

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.

1 comment:

  1. Nice shots, Dom. Have (this morning) joined you in adding Waxwing to my garden / window list. Of course, there's never been a better London influx than this to do so.

    Interesting Blackbird, have seen a couple like this in the past with one at Prawle Point some years back pretty much a ringer for your's.

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