14 February 2014

Waxwings


I had a couple of free hours this afternoon so I took a short walk to check if any waxwings were around. There were. Loads of them.







Unfortunately they were extremely flighty. The berries in the quiet park near my place were all eaten up, looks like the waxwings had arrived a few days ago when I was busy the last week or so whilst holed up at home working. This meant they were feeding on berries on the main street in town which is very busy with both traffic and pedestrians and also rather long meaning it is difficult to predict where the birds will land and also difficult to follow them around..............and it's right in front of the Police HQ so dashing across the road through the traffic is not a good idea................

There must have been several hundred of them. Mainly Bohemian Waxwing (all the birds in these pics) but with a few Japanese Waxwing too.






Also buzzing around were large numbers of Dusky Thrush with at least 1 Naumanns Thrush (a Hakodate tick for me). Hawfinch, Brambling and Grey Starling.

I may try my luck with them at the weekend, time and weather permitting.

The Premier League? Can Liverpool possibly, maybe, perhaps.......................?


12 comments:

  1. HI Stuart Waxwing heaven. We have not had any here this year.

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    1. Hi Margaret, these were my first in town this winter...............

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  2. Oh! Beautiful Diagonal Formation 3-4-4! Thank you for linking with my blog! I will link with the blog of Stu.

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    1. Maybe they are the same flock you saw last week......................

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  3. http://aigokai.bbs.coocan.jp/?m=listthread&t_id=1603 That's right in which キレンジャク exaggerated 3000 birds attacked Ishikari last week

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  4. Are they tossing out the berries they don't like? No waxwings in Belize, but no snow either, so I won't complain. Especially when you post such beautiful shots. Cheers.

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    1. Hi Wilma, no it was just being a messy eater i think...........

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  5. Some lovely shots here. Congratulations on the Naumann's Thrush too.

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    1. Thanks, i saw another today but still couldn't get a photo of it.........

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  6. So many Waxwings. I was so excited seeing three last year. I hope I can see one this year.

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    1. Hi Russell, they are pretty unpredictable, there are lots more than last winter that's for sure.

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