Thursday 13th December - Hartlebury

Just after mid-day I decided to nip over to Hartlebury to see if there was any sign of the Waxwings.  They are certainly coming and going at this site with them disappearing for a while and then returning.

On pulling up near their favoured Rowan trees on the trading estate I initially picked up 2 Waxwings feeding on the berries.  Before long they were joined by 10 more Waxwings that dropped into the adjacent taller trees.  I then enjoyed these for a good while at a respectable distance and I even managed to get a bit more video footage. 

Also present in this area of trees were 2 Redwing, 5 Fieldfares and 6 Blackbirds.  A Pied Wagtail was flitting around on the roof of a nearby unit.

Whilst enjoying the Waxwings I was treated to another treat in the form of a flock of 9 Golden Plover that flew over in a skein like formation heading South.

Later, I was joined by Dave (, Phil  ( and a couple of their collegues after I had texted Dave to let them know the Waxies were showing well.  Needless to say a good old natter ensued!

Waxwing - 13th December 2012

Fieldfare - 13th December 2012

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  1. Nice one Jase. I`ve put a fresh lot of apples out...seeing that the last lot got ignored !!

  2. A great video and images Jason! I had a ride over to Hartlebury a couple of weeks ago but no waxies seen on my visit. I have seen them locally now as you know so what that will suffice for me.

    Good to catch up on your recent posts and images and to watch that super video of the Siskin!

  3. Waxwings everywhere Jase - just not here! :-)

  4. The Waxwing and the Fieldfare are together fabulous, and the video is great.

  5. A Christmas cracker Jason with wonderful images and video of two of my favorite winter birds!!



  6. Deano - stick with those apples mate, who knows. The apple halves I put out in my back garden have drawn in a female Blackcap the past few days

    Pam - Thanks, much appreciated. The Hartlebury birds are a bit like that as they dissappear for long periods most days! Nice to hear that you caught up with some locally though

    Warren - There is still time mate. you could get a cheeky Waxwing flyover this week!

    Bob - Cheers, glad you enjoyed them!

    Keith - Cheers mate. It was a good day!

  7. Nice one with the Waxwing vids Jase! Looks like a juv Female ;) Narrow tail band, unbroken line down closed wing, diffuse edge to bib, 0-5 waxy tips, Yadda, Yadda, Yadda! Even better good to see your one of only three midlands birders to witness the hard weather movements of stunning goldies on the 13th, happy days! Catch you for a beer and a blether soon! Mines a pint!

  8. Cheers Craig. It was interesting to see that both you, Mike S and myself had picked up on the Golden Plover movement. Where MS saw his was just off Shenstone and I'm sure looking at previous Golden Plover movement these would have problem been some off the ones that had flown over your patch.

    As for ale...roll on Tuesday mate!