4th of February 2012
In search of Waxwings!
Last Sunday I got a tip off from fellow birder & blogger Kevin Groocock that Waxwings were seen in Cubbington, when we arrived they had flown. However, Kevin did manage some record shots before they left and they’ve been seen again since.
Today we set off in hopeful search of Waxwings, taking a leisurely drive through the Warwickshire countryside taking in many of the small villages, Cubbington, Weston, Wappenbury, Eathorpe, Hunningham, Marton, Princethorpe, Stretton and yes, Birdingbury! There were quite a few reminders on route of the governments’ ridiculous High Speed Train plan, which will run right through our county!
Sadly no waxwings, however species seen included over 1000 Woodpigeon as a great many flocks were above and the trees.
Others seen in fields, trees and bushes throughout our mini tour were, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Buzzard, Kestrel, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Wren, Song Thrush, Pheasant, Cormorant, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Black Head Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Backed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Ostrich, in one of the small farms.
With the weather reports of snow and the ever diminishing light, my decision not to take in Avon Dassett Hills was made and I returned with no sightings of Waxwings! However it was an enjoyable relaxed drive through part of the County.