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
At least 24 Waxwing at the junction of Claughton Drive and Hala Grove, Scotforth at 1.30 pm. This flock flew off towards Booths but after circling Melling House on Hala Road, they returned to Hala Grove - presumably discouraged from landing near Booths by the rather nice orange and blue male Sparrowhawk perched in the very tall tree by the entrance to Booths car park.
The flock - now numbering at least 28 Waxwings - was relocated at the south end of Hala Grove before again flying off north.
A quick drive past Arcon House on Heaton Road proved brief flight views of a flock of about 20 Waxwings at 1.45 pm.
Could these all be part of the same flock seen before and after these times by Jon Carter and Gavin Thomas at White Cross or are there several flocks between Lancaster city centre and the Booths area? (NB. Straight line distance between White Cross and Hala Grove is about 2 km.)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 19/12/2016 05:59PM by P Crooks.
At last!!!!! 17 by Bookers on north gate white Lund 1145 but restless as they all seem to be this influx
At least five by the traffic lights north gate/heysham bypass at c1430 but couldn't follow up as in northbound queue at lights
Nothing since but all the berries on eastgate have gone!
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 24/12/2016 07:08PM by pete marsh.
Waxwings. The Booker trees revealed 2 waxwing this afternoon being bullied by redwing, fieldfare, mistle thrush, yellow and black billed blackbird and starlings. Other trees on the White Lund appeared to have just continental blackbirds en masse fighting each other but there is a lot of fruit still there. Elsewhere, 2 waxwings in the White Cross car park, 2 in the Boot and Shoe car park, nothing near Booths or Lentworth Drive and 6 next to Arcon House, Greaves. At near dusk, 10 in the tax office car park behind Dalton Square on white Rowan, very flighty with the site guarded by a mistle thrush. Boy, are these birds hard to home in on. I toured all sites twice. Best find by a mile however was a party of 12 greenfinch in the cemetary area of the Moor Hospital site, almost extinct locally now??
9 waxwings at Arcon House Greaves at noon today using tall trees west of Dorrington Rd as a refuge. Nothing I could see in the White Cross area though there is still a decent tree outside Wades Electrical actually on the industrial estate part of White Cross. A new site is Edward Street car park where there were 23 waxwing at 12.20. They may move to a well stocked Rowan half way up Ridge Lane off Bulk Rd just below the canal bridge, it's only 200 yards as the waxwing flies.
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