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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Friday, 4 March 2011

Some more Waxwings

Plenty of birds at the footbridge this morning, and once the seed was down, even more turned up. The two Mallards were there; the male chasing away another pair that dared to turn up, the Crows and Magpies, and all the regular tits and finches. Even the feeders were busy early.

Just standing close to the bridge this morning, and looking at the lake behind me, I counted 22 different types of birds, without having to move. It really is a great spot now, and I could easily spend a day just at the footbridge.

Amongst all the regular birds on the bridge, the Brambling put in a brief appearance again. No pictures today though.
And from the corner of my eye, I noticed a small flock of birds land in some trees.


About 40, and I managed a few pictures; even though the light was terrible. A white, cloudy sky made it difficult to get decent shots; and by the time the sun came out, they had left.

A walk round the north lake added a few Wigeon to the list, but it was quite cold, so I quickly made my way back to the car park. More seed, and more birds returned, but unfortunately not the Waxwings or the Brambling.

A good morning, despite the cold. And even the sun made an appearance later.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. Hi Keith ..I'm beginning to think that those birds here you close your car door or perhaps even the sound of you car.. lol
    Just don't leave the door open!!
    I really enjoy seeing your gang of followers. : }}

  2. I'm beginning to think I'm the only person in the UK who has never seen a Waxwing Keith. lol

  3. Super video Keith, what a busy place you've got there now.

    Well done with the Waxwing pictures, not easy in that dull grey morning light!

    It's fun watching to see what those Mallards will get up to next!! lol.

  4. You would think the Waxwings were going home, but there here, maybe they'll stay, lol.

  5. Grammie, I think you're right. A lot seem to be waiting, and the two Mallards come straight over now. lol

    I hope you get to see some soon John, I don't think it will be long before they depart our shores.

    Thanks Trevor. That spot by the bridge has become a magnet for birds. Even the Moorhen have realised there's food there lol

    Bob I'm surprised they are still here. Wouldn't it be great if they did stay :)

  6. Will look at the video later. running low on battery. Lucky you with the waxwings.

  7. Cheers Adrian. Off out soon to see if there are more about :)

  8. Got the video sound more cheerful today. Brilliant as usual. Thanks.

  9. An enjoyable video again Keith, Mallards can be so entertaining. I've definitely missed the boat with the Waxwings! You have done really well with them where you are. They have been seen around here but I seem destined to miss out and think time has pretty well run out :(

  10. Thanks Adrian. :)

    Jan, I've been very fortunate with the Waxwings here. They seem to be more common than Starlings lol
    I hope you get to see some soon.