We put a net up at 06:30 and then retired to the house and waited for the birds to arrive. I had restocked the trees with apples last night so there were more than 60 apple halves carefully presented. The first group of Waxwings arrived quite early and perched in the trees along the road. More birds arrived and the flock soon built up to 57, the second highest count since they have been feeding in the garden. The birds followed their usual pattern and moved along the tree line before dropping down into the garden.
|What would Alan Titchmarsh say? I don't think my garden will win any awards|
for design but who cares when you can watch Waxwings every day.
We had only just walked to the back of the house when the flock descended into the garden again and settled down to feed. Duncan soon got to grips with characteristics for ageing and sexing Waxwings. White / yellow edges to tips of the primaries, extent of yellow on tip of tail feathers, number and length of the red waxy tips on secondaries / tertials and border definition of throat patch. The grin on his face says it all.
|The big grin. Duncan about to ring his first Waxwing.|
|Total concenration when checking the age and sex.|
|Adult male Waxwing. White/yellow angles to primary tips including|
longest primary, long red waxy tips to secondaries, extensive yellow
band to tip of tail , well demarcated black bib. The tail feathers also
had red shafts to the yellow tips.