As some of you may know I have been out of action (birding wise) the past few days due to illness. The most frustrating thing about this period of inactivity was dipping out on a flock of 14 Waxwings just off patch at Chaddersley Corbett. Well the gods of fate must have been smiling on me because this morning (at about 9:30 am), whilst i was sitting using the phone and looking out of the window, a flock of 30 Waxwings dropped in the Mountain Ash two back gardens down...result!
Quickly I grabbed my bins, scope and camera and went out in the garden to get some photos. The birds were feeding in the Rowan and then perching up in a nearby taller tree. They stayed for a about 25 minutes. I later relocated them at Perret Walk (a cul-de-sac at the end of the road which has a number of Rowans). This is the second time I have recorded Waxwings in this location. In winter 2004/2005, I discovered a flock of over 200 Waxwings here...not bad for a terraced street in the middle of Kidderminster! Anyway here are a couple of today's record shots from by garden.
Waxwings - Wood Street, Kidderminster:
Additional Note - The Waxwings were present at Perret Walk until approx 1:30pm when they where seen flying South (Andy Shaw). This could have been due to the 2 Sparrowhawks seen in the area just before or the feisty Mistle Thrush which had been having ago at them every time they went near the Rowans!