Sunday, 1 March 2009

The Strand

I thought I might have missed the chance to see a waxwing this winter but a flock of 15 had been located at The Strand in Gillingham. There have been a few photos and blog entries by others regarding several groups of these wonderful birds that have been seen throughout the country. For me they will always have an affectionate reputation of being the hungriest of birds. Flocks just descend into shrubs and trees and devour any and all berries, the birds having bottomless pits of stomachs, gorging themselves on the fruit. It is always a wonder to watch especially when they start calling as well. They make the most wonderful trilling sound which just sends a shiver down my spine whenever I hear it.

I didn't notice that this bird had been ringed until I looked at the photo.


5 comments:

Greenie said...

John ,
Couldn't agree more .
Great shot as well .

Cheryl said...

Hi John.....glad you were able to see and capture the waxwing with your camera. They are indeed beautiful birds. I have never been fortunate enough to see one.....

Warren Baker said...

A little cracker john. Pity we cant see all the colour rings. We could have traced the bird.

Ken said...

Hi John.
I am glad that you went to see the Waxwings.Now I know where they are at.I hope they hang around for a few more days. Nice Photo. In past years I have been lucky enough to get close views of them in the tree's at the bottom of my garden.

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Stunning birds, good shots.