Monday 30th SeptemberA Natural Obsession
WAXWING sightings or info on concentrations of berry laden ROWAN
Posted by pete marsh
5 Heysham Mossgate estate in Plover drive late morning, then flew over houses in bypass direction
2 earlier at Bookers on Northgate - c0930 just as the place was getting active and the Redwing & Blackbirds cleared off whilst the Waxwings went over the road and seemed to drop behind a warehouse
Wouldn't mind finding a big flock on the deck - all dribs and drabs for me and incredibly restless and mobile compared to several previous years of these things!
Doing the LDBWS winter survey today, clocked a total of 47 waxwing in various previously recorded areas between 11am and 11.45am so far apart I am confident they are all individual birds. With red Rowan almost stripped do not underestimate the value of pink or white Rowan, well fruited Cotoneaster or Service trees of which there are many left in the area. Also 3 nuthatch in Williamson Park and little owl at Torrisholme Cricket Club. I know of two tawny owls in the L and M area but would be interested if others could point me to more away from the Quernmore Rd or Barley Cop Lane sites. The obvious highlight this winter is the number of winter thrushes in the city, blackbirds especially. Also thoughts on how to rationally count the town centre pied wagtail roost properly ... at what distance do they travel in from?
Pete, I'm well aware of this already.
My rather badly phrased question was how do we equate or equalise a large population of one species, in this case pied wagtail, when it is centred in its roost spot at just about the centre of the entire survey area. Could we take this as being the entire survey area population or would that be unacceptable.? Should it be noted as a separate and notable record in the winter survey? Could it be compared to the survey data per square as a calibration exercise? Obviously my own counts of pied wagtail have been away from this point, are in just double figures, and after and before roost times so they don't affect my observation of the Horseshoe Corner evening roost which is not included in my data.
Pete, I don't know if anybody was watching them from Cable Street car park, but I think I was the only person watching them at Sainsbury's while I was there. They flew away during one of their feeding frenzies, presumably flushed by someone at their car. I'm wondering if they will move onto a berry-laden tree next to the Millennium Bridge (North side) once they have cleared the trees in Cable Street car park. If they do, then surely non-birders will notice them there.
21 waxwing near Skerton Bridge N end (Chelsea Mews 2pm this aft)
Little owl calling to another in the Crem
Guy, thank you for tawny owl, it's just out of my SD46 survey square ( Royal Albert Hosp is my Southern boundary) but needs to go in SD45 sq for who ever is doing that one.
Highlight today when out for a brief hour was the two new ponds since the bypass was built. 3 snipe on the edge of the bund pond N side of Barley Cop Lane and the top soil scrape pond North of the railway/bypass bridge on Folly Lane where a rather optimistic little grebe was diving. It's new this summer but appears to be permenantly flooded so could be good later. All the top soil for the embankment was scraped from this field. It needs an island dumping in the middle.
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