Saturday, November 06, 2004

Not Waxwing watching

Right, if Brian Stone can find a Waxwing, so I can I...

I went over to Crown Lakes in Farcet to check out the berry bushes there. Though it's a revolting place to visit (its primary function being a venue for the citizens of Farcet, Stanground etc. to empty their dogs), the place has good form when it comes to Waxwings. They were there last winter and the winter before that.

Not today, though. There was a scattering of Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush, and a little flock of Yellowhammers. Sadly, I only managed this uninspiring shot of one. The light was terrible and the birds flighty.

From there, it was on to Prior's Fen. WeedWorld had been there early on and had a Bearded Tit. You've got to love Beardie Weirdies, Reeded Beardlings, Bearded Parrotbills, Beardos or whatever you call them... It just wasn't my day, because by the time I got to the site and met Kevin Du Rose, the bird had stopped calling and vanished.

Went out again after lunch to The North (Market Deeping and surrounds) to look for Gareth Jones' Waxwings around the Northfields Industrial Estate. Drew a blank. Then on to Baston & Langtoft GP (nowt there either), stopped off to peer at a large flock (1,200+) of Golden Plover, into Maxey GP (one Green Sandpiper, one Redshank) and home.

It had been a crap day.

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece

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