Saturday, December 06, 2008

And even more...

On our way to Blyth, shopping, at lunchtime as I turned from the roundabout onto the Ellington bypass I glimpsed a bird in flight several hundred yards ahead and said to Jane that it was a Waxwing. Sure enough, when we got to the spot, 2 Waxwings were perched at the top of a roadside Alder. There's just something 'jizzy' about the flycatching flight of these birds that makes them distinctive at any range.

On the return journey I looked out for them and this time 15+ were sat in the same spot.

You know, we didn't even stop the car. There was a time when I would have twitched Waxwings... still great birds though, they always get the pulse going.

4 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Hi Stewart,
very envious about the Waxwings, and the Tawny Owl. I still havn't had one this year.

PS. All my records are entered into the BTO birdtrack site, where they inform the regional recorder.

Stewart said...

Nice one Warren ....Its great to see that you systematically cover your area using an observatory style count method. Its like a kick up the backside for me! Cheers...

The Grocer said...

You think you're watching them what if the Waxwings are actually watching you.;)

Newton Stringer said...

Didn't even stop to look at them ?? Tut tut Stewart.... waxwings are always worth a slam on and erratic pull over on the side of a busy road !!

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