Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

** Having Lunch With Waxwings.**

While in the kitchen at lunchtime kept having the odd look out of the kitchen window,watching the birds on the feeders when I saw this bird fly in and land on the small tree in my next door neighbours garden. Straight away I knew what it was because it was perched in such a position that it's crest was showing, and distinctive colour.
 I couldn't believe what I was looking at, seeing a Waxwing about 40-50 feet away. With excitement I got the bins to have a better look at it then before I could get the bins up to my eyes, there was even more of them in the tree. I was able to count them without the bins, there was 29 of them. With heart beating a bit faster I had a really good close up of them. They kept flying down into a garden 2 down from me where I know he has some fruit tree's and berry bushes, and they kept flying in to feed then back to the tree. They did this for about 15 minutes, even worse I didn't have the camera out at that time, I was more intersted in watching them.
I went to get it and I did manage to get a few shots of them, very bad ones, but a record a shot anyway.

I then decided to pop down to the neighbours garden to try to get a closer look at them but before I could get out of the door they decided to move on. I am not sure if they are still in the area, but I will keep a eye out for them in case they come back.
I have since been watching on and off for the Waxwings but nothing else to report.
The best of the birds feeding in the garden today is the female Brambling, and 2 male Blackcaps.
Other species seen today feeding in the garden is as follows:
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Dunnock(2), Robin(2), Great Spotted Woodpecker(m), Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Blackbird.
My "Bird of the Day" is a no brainer, it can only be the **Waxwing**


  1. That's a good ''from the house'' tick Ken! :-)

  2. Well done Ken! I live in hope of seeing them in my garden but despite putting plenty of apples out no luck so far.

    I like the very smart and easy to read new look to the blog.

  3. Well done Ken. Waxwings from the house is a lot of birders' dream. Mine included!

  4. Warren.
    Thanks for your comment, what I wouldn't give to have some of your home birds on my list.

    I am sure you will succeed one day, they will be tempted by your apples.

    It was just luck like a lot of times, right place, right time.

  5. Hi Ken,my turn,I had six today in our garden,they only stayed for about forty five seconds,a passing car spooked them.