Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Initially a frustrating and inconclusive search for the Heathfield Waxwings, apparently they had been feeding on the berries on the A38 central reservation between 8am and 10.30am before flying off.

A check of the Heathfield WTW gave the best part of 40 Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, two Chiffchaff, Wren and Dunnock.

At around 12.30 the Waxwings were located in roadside trees at the entrance to the Gilpin site which adjoins the WTW, on arrival found eight Waxwings in the canopy of an Oak tree feeding almost in a frenzy on clouds of small black insects, they remained focused on the same tree canopy for over an hour and in that time three plus Goldcrests, six plus Chiffchaff (one possible Siberian) Meadow Pipits and a small number of Long Tailed Tits worked their way through the trees feeding on the insects.


The bright (but very welcome sunshine) made photography very challenging as the birds were generally against the sun lit sky but looking at my images full adult birds were well represented in this flock of eight birds, while the nine I saw at Sainsbury’s in Exeter recently were predominately young birds.

Several Buzzards seen sitting on lamp posts/telegraph poles soaking up the sun.


Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News