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.