Today I decided start off by paying a visit to the nearby Hartlebury Trading Estate to have a look for Waxwings. I have been checking out this location pretty much every other day for the last three weeks as it is one of the few places left where the Rowans still have berries on. The previous day their had been a small flock of Waxwings a few miles up the road at Chaddesley Corbett so their was every chance that I could pick up some here.
As I was driving down one of the avenues at the estate I picked up a flock of Starling sized birds flying over towards the said area. I headed over there and there was no sign at the Rowans. Then, suddenly I heard the unmistakable high pitch trilling call of one from the opposite side of the road. I looked across and saw a flock of 14 Waxwings perched in the top of one of the trees at the back of a kitchen company car park. I nipped back to my car and grabbed some record shots before the birds flew towards the rear of the kitchen company building.
I had held out from seeing the Chaddesley Waxwings as I really like to try and self-find some if I can during invasion years. I wouldn't knock anyone for going to twitch some...they really are stunning birds and I recommend that everyone should try and see some at some point. But me, well I get more of a buzz from finding birds (and not necessarily the rare ones) and I felt that today's flock was reward for the time I had put in at this site previously.
From Hartlebury I headed back via the patch. At Witch Lane there was a Common Buzzard, a ♂ Kestrel and a flock of 12 Long-tailed Tits present. A single Cormorant flew over heading WSW.
Along Stanklyn Lane there was still a flock of 21 Corn Buntings present. 16 Redwings, 3 Mistle Thrush and 3 Jays were also noted
Late afternoon I received a call from Tony informing me that a Goosander had dropped in on Captains Pool. Goosander are a scarce winter visitor on the patch so I quickly headed over. The light was starting to go when I arrived but I still managed a record shot (only just though as the bird was continually diving). After about 20 minutes it decided it had spent long enough on Captains pool and took flight going high in a NE direction.
After the Goosander had flown it was into Tony's Cafe for a quick brew. What a great way to round of a good day.
Waxwings - Hartlebury Trading Estate, 26th Nov 2012
Goosander - Captains Pool, 26th Nov 2012