Yesterday we were all set to give the lawn its final cut of the year but sadly our mower had other ideas! However nicely we spoke and coaxed the mower refused to work and eventually we gave up and borrowed one. Today, the grass is cut and it was time to return the mower which thankfully was near where some rather nice birds had been seen over the past couple of days.
We had hoped to see Waxwings at the beginning of the year but it was not to be so I was thrilled to hear reports of lots of them arriving over the past week. Mostly they have just been seen flying over or stopping all too briefly but now some are settling for a while and a good feed. Some have found the berries in Holt tasty so that was where we headed.
It was a rather dull and jolly cold day but we didn’t have to wait too long for our initial sighting of the small flock of beautiful birds. I would have been really disappointed not to see Waxwings this year as they are one of my favourites but they obliged!
We saw four fly in landing high in the trees across the road.
Shortly after that they flew to the rowan tree dripping with juicy berries. Unfortunately the light was far from good for photography and they mainly kept deep in the trees out of sight but they did make some appearances.
Eating lunch Waxwing style!
Or upside-down of you prefer!
So these Bohemian Waxwings are number 254 on our bird year list and they were a very welcome addition. If I get the chance to see some more that might be in better light I will give them a go, but for today I am happy with these.
Not many weeks left of the year and things have slowed down somewhat after the flurry of warblers recently. I wonder what else is in store? How many more will we add to our total? We missed a cracker at Minsmere at the weekend as we hesitated and left it too late! I can think of a couple I am still optimistic about and others I hope for although the greatly reduced hours of day light make it more of a challenge!