Today I finally caught up with the huge flock of waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) that has been stripping the berries from roadside trees in the High Storrs district of Sheffield.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, waxwing numbers have been building steadily since late October. Sheffield Bird Study Group reported 300+ birds at High Storrs yesterday, but I only counted about 120 today. It looks as though the birds are now dispersing across the city, with large flocks turning up at Sharrow, Heeley and elsewhere.
The flock at High Storrs was rather jittery, only settling to feed for a few seconds at a time. This was due partly to the presence of patrolling sparrowhawk, and partly to the close proximity of a gang of ornithological paparazzi (including myself)!
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