Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A Waxwing and walking weekend....5th & 6th March 2011

A cold, frosty and misty early Saturday morning was not very inspiring, nevertheless made of tough stuff I did not wimp out and headed off to Brake Lane for a refreshing walk! A Song Thrush and a Robin were singing merrily away despite the gloomy morning and the drumming of Great Spotted Woodpeckers was to be heard many times on my walk. Jackdaws aplenty in the paddocks and in the fields along with large flocks of Gulls which were in the main B H Gulls though I did pick out 2 L B B Gulls but no Slaty-backed Gull, I will give up trying.lol! Woodpigeons and Carrion Crows were to be seen in several locations on the walk the Woodpigeons being seen in large flocks! On reaching the top of the bridleway I spotted a perched Buzzard, shortly after it swooped down to the paddock. I did not see it afterwards as the paddock sloped away from me but the Buzzard did not appear again so it obviously had found it's breakfast. At the end of the wooded area I came across a Great Spotted Woodpecker and watched it for quite awhile as it searched the tree trunks for insects whilst another GSW drummed away in the distance. Good to get such great views of the GSW as it flitted from tree to tree. Sights such as this make the effort of getting out and walking on a cold day such as today worthwhile! Other highlights today were Marsh, Blue & Great Tit and a pair of Nuthatch.

A welcome surprise flock of Waxwings descended on trees two gardens away from mine on Sunday morning! I counted 40 but there were decidedly many more than this number, hard to count them when they surround the trees! They flew periodically from tree to tree and stayed for around 15 minutes! A wonderful sight to see so close to home. A pity they will soon be on their way as they have brightened what has been a dull and cold long Winter.

Trimpley Reservoir was on the agenda for Sunday afternoon. Eymore Wood was the first stage of the walk with surprisingly very little about, with just Siskin, Greenfinch and Raven heard. At the reservoir Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebe x3 were on the water and Pied Wagtails flitted amongst the rocks at the edge of the water. It was a lovely sunny afternoon with hardly a cloud in the sky and it almost felt as though Spring had finally arrived, 5 Buzzards must have thought the same as they soared high in the sky, a lovely sight! The walk alongside the River Severn was in the shade so a drop in temperature but still an enjoyable walk especially when the 3 pairs of Mandarin Ducks were sighted! They are such stunning Ducks that seem to have an air of elegance about them! Further along the river were 2 pairs of Goosanders which to me also have an air of elegance! It was a long afternoons walk today and after yesterdays 3 hour walk I think a few days rest will now be in order.lol!!


  1. A nice read (and watch!) Pam,I like all your super videos.....the Waxwing one is amazing,I've never seen such a large flock,well spotted!
    Mandarin Ducks are always exotically thrilling to see and Goosanders special to me as they always remind me of our anniversary holidays and the River Lune where we always watch them in the Spring!

  2. Thanks for your kind comments Ruth!

    It was the largest flock of Waxwings I have ever seen Ruth. Such exciting birds to see in numbers!

    The male Mandarins are so colourful and commanding and I must say that the females were rather pretty. Lovely Ducks!
    How lovely that the Goosanders are reminders of many special memories for you. Nice that!