Sunday, December 10, 2006

Where are the waxwings?

Above - Waxwing at Nethybridge, Highlands, March 2006.

Not much to write about at the minute as I'm too busy doing stuff like working and xmas shopping etc to get out birding. And the weather is hopeless.

In recent winters, the pager has been full of waxwings here and there. Sometimes its a bit of a task looking beyond them for other birds, but not this winter. It seems as if this could be the mildest on record with westerly and south westerlies now for months on end. I suppose that the waxwings have stayed put on the continent keeping all of those Pine Grosbeaks company that we had heard about in the autumn...

I see that the west coast is having a very late glut of Leaches Petrels, with many being found storm driven at inland sites or moribund in gardens and car parks. Maybe if the wind swings suddenly to the NE, then we would get some! Its not looking likely though.

At Boulmer during dog walks were - 5+ Bar tailed Godwits, 15+ Oystercatchers, 2+ Grey Plovers, 25 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Shelduck, 80 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 21 Collared Doves. Another 16 Collared Doves were in Longhoughton.

A look aroung the wooded pond at nearby Howick Gardens the other afternoon just before dusk produced 3 Marsh Tits, 11+ Long tailed Tits, 2+ Goldcrests, 2 Great spotted Woodpeckers, a Wagtail roost consisting of 30+ Pieds and 2 Greys, 1 Little Grebe, 50 Greylags S, 4 Moorhens, 1 Heron and 5 Mute Swans.

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