|Waxwings photographed from the bedroom window earlier this week. I doubt there will ever be another winter like this for this irruptive but usually rare species - at least not in my lifetime.|
After a single bird flew past the window at home this morning, I decided to drive to work via Grove Avenue, Muswell Hill N10, where I first found a flock of birds about 12 days ago. I saw only 14 there yesterday lunchtime, but later in the afternoon my brother Auk had 120+ (a great result, as he hasn't birded properly for about three decades, but still secretly hankered after Waxwings). This morning, the flock had grown to a massive 285 - a figure that would have been a London record two months ago, and possibly still could be if I had been able to keep track of sightings. They made quite a sight flying down to feed on berries just north of the junction with Lansdowne Road, but were quite mobile.
Flushed with that success, I continued on to work, but just before turning off Western Road N22 into the car park at the Birdwatch office, caught sight of another 100 Waxwings feeding on sycamore buds along the railway line! These are probably the birds first seen in the same trees by David Callahan and Ian Lycett on Monday, but I strongly suspect they are a different flock to the Muswell Hill gathering. Allowing for unseen birds feeding in gardens near Grove Avenue (I could see some birds disappearing from view behind the houses), there may easily have been 400+ Waxwings to the north and east of Alexandra Park this morning.
I didn't have a camera with me today, so instead enjoy this shot of a group of Waxwings which appeared outside my bedroom window on Monday. I never tire of seeing them or photographing them (this shot was taken with my new Canon EOS 7D, which has performed impressively so far, and seems to auto-expose more accurately than the 50D).