21 January 2017

Some Waxwings appeared............



There was a small flock of Waxwings in town on Thursday afternoon....................


They were almost all Japanese Waxwing but there was at least 1 Bohemian Waxwing (among other differences the former has a red tip to its tail and the latter has a yellow tip).

They were mainly on the shady side of a busy street and were very skittish so these are not particularly good photos. The street is lined with berry laden trees but is a busy main road and is difficult to dash across (and anyway the city Police HQ is also nearby, I've been stopped before whilst taking photos here) and it's impossible to predict which tree they'll swoop down on next.

They come (almost) every year but in somewhat varying numbers..............there were big invasions of both species 3 winters ago but the last 2 winters have been pretty quiet.............






Some did come down into better light for a short time..................





I always knew you'd end up in the gutter.............


Other stuff around included Peregrine, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Hawfinch and Dusky Thrush. I couldn't relocate the Falcated Duck and the Great Egrets have either left or relocated to another section of thr river.

6 comments:

  1. Any encounter with waxwings makes it a red letter day.

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    1. Thanks David, always a highlight when they pass through town........

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  2. I always enjoy seeing Waxwing photos, and especially these since you were challenged in achieving them!

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    1. They weren't challenging really................just inconvenient in their choice of trees...........

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  3. we have some here in N.Ireland this year but I have yet to see them!1 Greeat images

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    1. Hope you get to see some, these ones had gone the next morning sadly............

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