Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

** Waxwings At Hamstreet.**

I took a trip to Hamstreet today to see if I could see the Waxwings that was reported yesterday. It wasn't a early trip, we didn't arrive until just before 2pm. I wasn't sure as to where to go at first then I found out from another birder. We had to get back onto the A2070 head towards Brenzett. then about 100 yards passed the Hamstreet turning on the right is a lay by on the right hand side of the road. We parked up and no sooner had I got out of the car when 2 small flocks of Waxwings was showing, one on each side of the road, then they joined up and settled in the top of one of the tree's, they stayed for a while before flying back across the  road in small groups to feed. It was like that all the time we was there, even when we left at about 3-3.30 they was still present, but they had now been joined by a few Fieldfare and Redwing. At one point I had Waxwing, Fieldfare, and Redwing in by bins all at the same time. Because of the time of the day, the light changed the colour of the birds and background nearly all the time.
I was hoping to get some half decent shots of them but not being able to wear gloves when I take photo's I find it difficult at times, cold weather and arthritis of the fingers do not go together. I did take a few shots for a record of the trip which I have posted below. I just wish they had baan just a little bit closer.



  1. Never mind Ken, the closest I ever got to a waxwing was about 200 yards.

  2. Well done Ken. How lovely! I spent a lot of time last week trying to find the small flock which had been seen locally....with no success at all.

  3. Ken ,
    Well done getting amongst the Waxwings , and nothing wrong with the shots either .
    Even got blue sky , can't be bad .

  4. Mike.
    Better than nothing, don't you think?

    Thank you I am sure it is just a matter of time before you catch up with them.

    It was worth the trip nice to have blue sky as a background. Thanks for the comment on pictures.