1st winter male WAXWING at Sallyport Robin Mawer
After doing a taxi early this morning, I went to Porth Hellick. I had been there for less than an hour and the only birds of note was a single Grey Plover on the beach and a flyover Redpoll. On the loop trail there was a Firecrest and I heard a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF. I also kicked 11 Woodcocks. Returning back to the taxi, I heard another SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and while I was filming it, another bird came into view. I walked a few minutes down the path and birds enjoying the sun included, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Firecrests and 3 more SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS! I thought I would go and check Holy Vale and there I flushed another 10 Woodcocks! I think the freezing weather is pushing the birds south and it will be interesting to see if Woodcocks and other species, effected by the weather, increase, as it did a few weeks ago.
A walk up to the airport could only produce the Mistle Thrush at the turning circle end and 7 Golden Plovers and 30+Lapwings.
5 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS, 1 Redpoll, 3 Firecrests, 1 Grey Plover, imm male Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Snipe, 4 Coot, 5 Fieldfares, 7 Teal, 8 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests, 20+Redwings and including Holy Vale, 21 Woodcocks.
I was just about to get stuck into my large mash and beef curry, that was given to me last night by The Club, when Ren called to tell me that Martin had just had a WAXWING in his garden and he did not see it! Totally gripped off. Fortunately for Ren, he has seen Waxwings in his garden before and twenty minutes later, they had both relocated it feeding on Rose-hip berries at Sallyport. The same berries where March this year, one was present for a few hours until a cat killed it down the road at Rams Valley that afternoon. This was so close in coming to same fate, as three cats were very close by with one of them almost attempting to catch it. If it wasn't for the fact that we were there, it might of been a very bad ending. At last everyone caught up this bird that's been knocking around St Mary's for the last few days.
I picked Robin and Pauline up from the airport at 16.00. They had been away on holiday for over a month, and when they got in the taxi, I made a quick call to Ren and five minutes later, Robin was enjoying the WAXWING at Sallyport. He jumped back into the taxi and another five minutes later, he was at home. Another successful twitch in the 'twitch mobile'
One of the 3 Earthstars I found while flushing Woodcocks at Holy Vale.
Who ever twisted his horns was pretty brave or stupid!
All of us enjoying the WAXWING at Sallyport
The WAXWING was trying out all the Sallyport chimney pots and seemed to like this one.