WAXWINGS AT LAST
During our first year in Nottingham, Waxwings were seen in the city. Unfortunately I did not get to see them. During the rest of our time there, I was ready each spring but they didn't return.
On the morning of 25 February 2003 I happened to get my binoculars to take a closer look at a crow on the roof of a house in the next road. Behind the crow I saw several birds in the tops of some thin branches and they had distinctive crests. My first though was 'parakeets'!
I took only a few seconds before I guessed what they were, although I had never seen a waxwing before. They stayed around the area for the rest of the day and spent quite a lot of time sitting in the tops of some very tall trees, adjacent to a nearby golf course.
These two photographs were taken with a Pentax Optio 330, hand-held against the eyepiece of a Kowa TSN-822 telescope. These birds were kind enough to keep relatively still and gave me much more time than the bee-eaters did, to get reasonable pictures.
I later found out that they had been in the area for some time, feeding on berries in woodland and hedgerows. A friend invited me to his home a few days later when a flock appeared nearby. I took several pictures with my film camera but they will have to await processing.