Monday, 4 March 2013

Waxwing lyrical part 11 - the Pärnu connection

This morning I received an email from the BTO giving the ringing details of the Estonian ringed Waxwing that I caught last week. A big thank you goes to the Estonian Ringing Centre and the BTO for providing the information so quickly and for allowing me to post the details ahead of the usual administrative formalities.

It was ringed in Pärnu in western Estonia on 17th October 2012 and has been confirmed as the first movement to or from Estonia. The first Waxwings started to arrive on the east coast in late October with the majority arriving during November. This bird gives some indication of the speed of movement as it is likely to have reached UK shores with the main arrivals in November.

View Estonian Waxwing in a larger map

The number of Waxwings visiting the garden reached a new high this morning with 65 counted from a photograph. The more I check numbers from photographs the more I realise that I generally underestimate numbers. Here a a few photos taken through the window early this morning while I was having a coffee. A great way to start the day.

Waiting to come down to feed.
There are 65 birds in this photo but some are obscuring others.

The view from best seat in the house.

Buzzing with Waxwings.

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