Saturday, 17 November 2012


With some heavy overnight rain persisting into the morning, standard ringing sessions were not possible today. Given that the regimented body-clock wouldn't allow a prolonged lie-in, I headed over to Moxeys for a bit of scout for some Waxwings.

John Dempsey had reported a sizeable flock in Formby over the past couple of days and so it was there that we focused our attention. After about half an hour, we stumbled upon a group of four on the aerials of a house, close to where they had been reported earlier in the week. After watching the birds for ten minutes or so, they started feeding on a rowan situated in a front garden, about three metres from us. After a brief chat with the home owner, and the loan of Moxey's binoculars, we popped up a short net to see if they would come low enough in the tree.

Slim pickings on this Rowan

It didn't take long before three of the four birds were feeding in the bush and one of the three got caught as they vacated the tree. Shortly afterwards, the birds moved off, presumably to rejoin the larger flock that we were unable to find.

 Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

The individual that we ringed was a young female and is only the third to be ringed by SW Lancs Ringing Group, the others were caught by Moxey many years ago! Hopefully, as it seems to be a promising 'Waxwing Year', this will be the first of many.

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