Sunday, 9 December 2012


As I mentioned in todays earlier post, I've been gorging on Waxwings this weekend, much like the birds themselves behave when berries are present.
On Friday afternoon, after I'd been to Swithland for a proper look at the Velvet Scoter I headed over to Stoney Stanton on the hunt for the Waxwings that had been loitering around the school for the past few days. In the end it was all relatively simple, the birds were quickly found in an area behind the school and a convenient alley allowed me to approach close to the rest tree;

Very nice indeed, although a visit this morning drew a blank which only frustrated me into being tempted to go for the enormous flock that had been found on the outskirts of Loughborough. Shortly afterwards this temptation was heightened when I nipped round to Paul Riddle's gaff to collect a couple of Owlsaboutthatthen calenders (an excellent stocking filler!) and he told me all about how he'd been there earlier in the day and that viewing was excellent! This was all the encouragement I needed and soon sacked off the Manchester derby and was on the way. Good choice. Loads of Waxwings - easily 150+, more like 200, hard to tell exactly though as they were never all together. They were even flitting down regularly to a large puddle in a nearby field, first time I've ever seen them on the ground!

This above image was just about the point where some clouds rolled in and things became much more miserable, just as Paul turned back up to try and get some more flight shots!

Loughborough Serengetti

Mr. Riddle nailing some flight shots

Quick summary

I've been feasting my eyes (and camera lens) on Waxwings over the past few days so before I treat you to a deluge of Waxwing images I'd better post a summary of the last few weeks else I never will!

In more recent news I passed my chainsaw assessment so now I'm fully qualified to go and chop down small trees in a professional manner, it feels good!

The winter work programme is well under way now which has involved lots and lots of woodland work over the past few weeks.

We've also introduced rams into our flocks of sheep, this fellow is called Herby!

Led the odd guided walk too;

And of course soaked up the Rutland countryside, this was dawn on the Hambleton Peninsular;

And this was dusk at Great Easton during a particularly unsuccessful Owl-hunt; 
One Owl hunt that fared better was last weekend where I found this chap near Willoughby;
Along with this bird near Gilmorton which was being bothered by a crow;
And finally, it would be rude to not mention the three county ticks I've managed over the past couple of weeks, each tick accompanied by a dodgy photo;


Velvet Scoter!

And finally, a Bittern!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

*insert swear word here*

Two Velvet Scoter off the dam at Swithland and I'm catching a train to Manchester in an hour......I hate birding sometimes.....