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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday 13th but lucky for Queensbury. Waxwings.

           Bit of a sparse looking berry tree
              House Sparrow getting in on the act.

                  Still Christmas in Queensbury





On the way back from a Brighouse shopping spree I received a text from DJS reporting 2 Waxwings
seen by a relation of his in Queensbury 2 minutes away from my house round Moorclose Road.
A detour to the address given failed to find anything but just around the corner a few doors away 6 Waxwings flew over the road settling in a pine tree above a garden with a nearly bare berry bush.
A great find for local Waxwings although slightly embarrassing when a birder from Lee Mount has to inform me of birds 2 minutes from my house.  Many thanks for the call Dave.
                                                                A quick call to NK to inform DW who also lives a few minutes away ,then another visit to the site on my way to Ogden . On arrival the birds were still present with DW snapping away merrily, see his high quality pics on NKs blog. Unfortunately the home owner whos tree they were in arrived home slamming his car door and flushing the birds which moved back towards their earlier location with DW hot on their heels and I left for Ogden.
                                                                       The sun was still up as I went on Perseverance road but with plenty snow lying it was pointless hoping for something on Soil Hill so on to Ogden for a flying visit. No sign of yesterdays Little Grebe but the water was very rough which made viewing poor,
otherwise it was just down to the usual small gulls and Mallards and still no sign of Goldeneye.
                                                                  The trees by the car park held around 30 Goldfinch with a few Chaffinch in amongst.
Hopefully with Waxwings now searching the gardens there,s a chance for my half cut apples stuck on the trees in my garden to tempt some down.
Passing Lane Head Brighouse today the berry trees were stripped bare although there,s a garden nearby on the roadside with a hedge full of berries that has attracted them in previous years.
BS

4 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

A great report Bri..... hope the garden apples bring in the 'goodies'.

Brian Sumner . said...

Todays sightings were down to you Dave. I,ll probably go for the Mixy Goldeneyes tomorrow p.m. Ogden,s gone a bit stale.

David Sutcliffe said...

Slav Grebe would be very nice....

Brian Sumner . said...

In our dreams