Monday, 14 November 2016


This has already been a better winter for waxwings than the last two.  These birds are our most eagerly awaited autumn visitors and this year there are plenty.

I joined the crowd on the front lawn of Ashington police station to watch a flock of 50 or more birds.  They would fly in to the topmost branches of a nearby tall tree and sit there for a while trilling and preening.  Then suddenly they all swooped down to the rowan tree and grabbed as many berries as they could within a minute or so.  Then back up to the tall tree for a rest and more trilling and preening.  The whole process was repeated many times.  You can listen to a waxwing call on the RSPB website here.

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