Monday, 30 January 2017

Waxwings, Garden Bird watch and Eccup


On one of those rare days the sun shone , while on my way home with the dog. We came across a small group of Waxwings over the road from my house. High up in the trees picking the last of the berries of a tree. Mistle thrushes had taken most of them over Christmas.


they all turned pink in the evening sun.
Sadly they moved on before they spotted the berries at the back of my garden :(

BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH 


What dismal weather we had again this weekend, cold and dull not the weather for taking photos.

11 Species were recorded same as last year with a few different birds, missing were the Coal tit and a Great tit, but gained BH Gull and a Wren.

Wanted to record the event so I did a spot of finger painting...



ECCUP

This time last year I did a walk at Eccup, looking back it was a much colder day.
Today the weather was dull and misty, yet again not good for photos but it was more about recording what I could see.

31 Species as well as hearing a Wood pecker and a young Gull flew over, one of the larger ones not a BHG.

A pair of Teal was nice to see, not recorded them here before. Good numbers of Wigeon too.
 Bullfinch another rare visitor. Best part of the morning was watching the Red kites, they were displaying , as well as landing. 
Just as I was about to get in the car a small flock of Fieldfare landed in a near by tree, and a large flock of Redwing could be seen the the hedge.



























28 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. I love all the birds that come to your yard !
    Plus I adore your fun Bird Watch page.

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. Beautiful wigeon and teal, and the waxwing, stunning. Virtually all the berry trees here at cleaned out

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    1. Thanks Simon, so good getting a new bird at Eccup, Teal a nice bird to get...
      Amanda xx

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  3. How lovely to see the blue sky (and grey) and of course the many birds, lovely photo's.
    It was so foggy last week and the days were quite dismal.

    Interesting to read how many birds you saw and I love the finger-print garden bird watch!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, such a difference between the days, ready for more blue skies ...
      Amanda xx

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  4. You are so creative...with your journaling and your photography! The Waxwings are stunning. I'm always thrilled when they mass around here, too. :)

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    1. Thanks PP, we have had a good year for Waxwings and Redwings but just as pleased to see some Fieldfair.
      Amanda xx

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  5. I love your finger painting/drawing - you're so talented. What a great way to record your sightings. I completely forgot about Birdwatch but generally there seemed very few birds around this weekend so mine would have been a dismal tally! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, for the lovely comment..wet day but same as last year ..so that's ok. shame the 60+ Starlings didn't land in that were flying round. That would have bumped my numbers up..
      Amanda xx

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  6. Well done getting the Waxwings Amanda.
    Such pleasant surprise to find them and be able to take photographs. Its a rare event for most of us.

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    1. Thanks Roy, the sad thing was not one person passing me (school time) stopped to look at the birds, not even asked what I was photographing. You could hear the birds as well!!
      Amanda xx

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  7. What a wonderful "Waxwing Winter" we are having :) Great photos and exciting to see them so close to home :) Loved reading about your garden birdwatch sightings and the finger painting is super :) Sounds like you had some good sightings at Eccup - wonderful to read of the Red Kite sightings :) Hope your wild flower book arrives soon - you will love it :)

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    1. Thanks RR , hopefully still time to see some more, and thanks for the lovely comment..
      Amanda xx

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  8. Hello, wonderful post and a great variety of birds. The painting is cute. The Waxwings are one of my favorites along with the Wigeons. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, for the lovely comment, Wigeon make a lovely call, beautiful colour the male..
      Amanda xx

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  9. It's good to keep spotting the Waxwings isn't it! I love your garden birdwatch art!! The weather was awful and it reqlly made a difference to my garden. Great visit to Eccup and a gorgeous day too by the looks of it :) x

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    1. Thanks Pam, there was enough bird food out to feed a 1000 birds in every corner of the garden !!! but they never turn up when you want them to...
      Amanda xx

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  10. Wow - Waxwings and finger painting, such a lovely idea, Amanda! Ours was a disappointing count in terms of numbers overall, but an average number of species showed up ... in dribs and drabs!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, never seem's to be a good day for the bird count. Must do it more often to see if it is normal..
      Amanda xx

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  11. What wonderful photos of the birds! You are such a great photographer!

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    1. Thanks Amy for the lovely comment..
      Amanda xx

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  12. I LOVE your finger painting, you could sell those, they are fab! Great photos as always x

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    1. Thanks CT, it was the best way to record what I saw as it was to dull for photos..
      Amanda xx

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  13. It wasn't the best of conditions for the garden bird count was it, but nevertheless you recorded some good birds. It's a shame the Waxwings didn't turn up for the count wasn't it :-)

    Nice to see all the birds at Eccup, especially the wonderful Red Kite and lovely Wigeon. The latter are definitely one of my favourite birds, their whistling calls being so much a part of the winter wetland landscape.

    Hope you are well and best wishes to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David, Red Kite were showing so well to day, low and landing. Some are so big , beautiful bird. I think some were last years young as they didn't have a tag on.
      Amanda xx

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  14. Oh I am so envious. Every year I await for the arrival of Waxwings. Every year I am disappointed, I never see any:( This year probably due to the fact Redwings etc have eaten all the berries.

    I did the RSPB bird count........

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, shame you have not managed to see any so far this year, you have to keep up with social media and find out were they are. Twitter is a good place to follow.
      Amanda xx

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