I was joined by John G at 05:15 this morning and we put up two 18ft nets. The first Waxwings arrived at 06:40 but we weren't able to get an accurate count as some birds started feeding while others were still arriving. One thing we did know is there were a lot. There seems to be a new urgency to their feeding as they now spend far less time sat in the top of the trees preening before dropping down to feed. This is probably driven by the need to put on fat to be ready for the long return migration to their breeding grounds.
|There were so many birds a few fed on fallen pieces of apple on the ground.|
|Three of the Waxwings ringed this morning.|
|Just part of the flock this morning.|
It doesn't look like it but there are about 100 birds in this photo.
Another 20 or so were sat in an adjacent tree.
|The nutter who buys loads of apples.|
|Apples for Waxwings and red wine for me.|
|The only way I will eat apples for a while.|
Waxwing 19 (9)
Siskin 1 (1)
Blue Tit (1)
Total 20 (12)
|Waxwing watching is better than any TV.|