Monday 28th JanuaryMigratory Birds & The Champions of the Flyway
Mark James Pearson
WAXWING sightings or info on concentrations of berry laden ROWAN
Posted by pete marsh
Yes, you're quite right here when you say 'very flighty' Andrew.
I've been twice - days apart - to see these birds at Arcon House and seen them for a total of 10 seconds both visits before they flew off. They were a splinter group of 18 birds for me, not many minutes after I was there and gone today, JC had 41 individuals.
About 40 Waxwings around Arcon House, Heaton Road at 1.20 - 1.50 pm, but very flighty and quickly disturbed by passing pedestrians. The flock ranged between the tall trees bordering the railway line south of Bridge Road and the ash trees along the A6 (Scotforth Road) between the end of Wellington Road and Lily Grove. Always rather difficult to pin down as they were quite mobile throughout. Quite possibly the same group as those seen earlier by Ian Hartley at Booths, Scotforth.
Whooh how annoying is this. I know exactly the tree you are talking about behind Bargain Booze Ian! I've been scouting the bottom of Hala, around Booths virtually every day for a month but not for long.Today I checked Greaves/Ripley/Haverbreaks at the wrong time and was not in the Hala area. There is loads of fruit about so if this group remains they could go south to Lentworth Drive or the Boot and Shoe car park which has several pink/white rowan or they could head north east to East Road/LRGS area where there remains more. Hopefully they'll be around for a while. Genuine challenge. The Arcon House fruit is verging on 'well depleted' compared with last week.
Went round Acron House area - nothing.
Went to Booths area. Nothing in car park. Went down Hala Road to Hala Square. Nothing.
Spoke to a guy who had seen a little egret on the brook this week.
Checked out flocks of starlings, long-tailed tits, goldfinch.
10.25 Finally came back up Hala Road. Outside Melling House - bare tree - 22 waxwings, mostly preening or nibbling shoots on the tree, but totally ignoring heavy-laden berry tree just a few yards away.
Suddenly all flew off down Cockersand Drive and over the roof-line. Found them again in Claughton Drive near junction with Hala Grove.
Brilliant description Jeff. Very much a potted version of half an hour of each of my days recently. Well done for your tenacity and success. All those areas are good hot spots now with plenty of fruit left. I missed out on all those but found two waxwing feeding in the small carpark behind the old tax office in Dalton Square. There is a small stand of decorative white rowan well fruited there, next to the american ashes.
Burrow Beck, through Hala is a bit of an urban gem. There is at least one Med Gull most winters, little egret is not uncommon, dipper a fairly regular show too and kingfisher is not unknown, even as far upstream as Canterbury Avenue and through to the slaughterhouse/Hornsea Pottery and Daisy Bank. Back in Hala, the Collingham Park/Bentham Rd junction is also good for finches as you've said, something of a siskin stronghold in late winter.
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