Despite the clagged in dull weather,  found the four Waxwings at Heathfied around 9.30am, all four sat up in an Alder tree (on the footpath that runs up beside the shops near to Drum Way) Were happy just to preen and slow to feed, two flew down to the gutter of nearest house presumably to drink. Once feeding a cat came in under the berry trees and the Waxwings beat a hasty retreat.

Late morning visited Exeter services, three other birders present looking for the Waxwings. Found initially two sat in the Poplars just beyond the staff car park towards the exit lane, again very slow to feed, despite it being very quiet. Initially dropped down into the bushes on the bank above Costa before all four appeared and began to feed for a brief spell on the trees directly behind Costa.

The birds took on an alert posture and I thought I could hear other Waxwings calling, but only saw the four in sight, all four remained in the alert posture and soon moved off flying out towards the motorway.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News