We could find the large flock and as we used to live near here we checked out a whole A-Z worth of side streets where we knew there were Rowan and other berry bearing trees. It a wonder we didn't get pulled for kerb crawling going up and down the student quarter peering out of the windscreen and side windows at anythig that moved at a very slow speed, now we know what the transfer gears on Land Rovers are for - urban Waxwing spotting!
Double thanks to ZH for the heads up yesterday.
After the disappointment of not finding this large flock we set off for the nature reserve where we learnt that TWO Otters had been showing for an hour and half this morning - holy wow!!! On arrival the first bird we saw was a very tidy White Wagtail which was totally unexpected, we thought they'd all have moved through by now.
We soon copped all the normal stuff and set off to have a look to see if there were any Tree Sparrows hanging around, six but not the ringed one today. The Coal Tit was very active today. Next up was the Long Eared Owl, or three of them, no wait the Ranger found a fourth - not great views as they were in the depths of a bush but nice all the same.
Movimg back to the hide one of the junior Rangers found the first year Scaup again, first time it has been reported since last weekend but present all that time probably. We had no success with either the Bittern or the Otters though.
We went to the top end of the reserve to watch the Starlings come and they didn't disappoint although there were probably only about 15000 this evening. A Buzzard and at least three Sparrowhawks were in attendance. we mentioned the Scaup to the assembled crowd and within a millisecond there were two pairs of very clean heals showing and the banging of car doors - what happened to them? Two of the biggest local listing lads hadn't had scaup yet this year which goes to show how scarce they have become in this area. It took them a while but they both scored in the gathering gloom of dusk...phew they might have thought we were being a bit stringy.
A grand day out and after Preston it din't rain which made a refreshing change.
After the storm we reported seeing the skua and shearwater, recent news in is that a few Manx Shearwaters have been seen in other parts but none of the other species, and all three main skuas so we are none the wiser on that one.
Where to next? Back to the Patches with a vengeance...but horribly busy with that nasty work stuff this week.
In the meantime let us know what's chomping the berries in your outback.