Saturday, 28 January 2017

Waxwing in the village and garden birdwatch at Hemblington Church

Despite a very chilly wind, Linda and I joined Sue and Peter at our delightful local round-towered church for the annual RSPB 'garden' birdwatch. Lots of visitors dropped in to add their eyes to the search and enjoy Sue & Katherine's soup and cakes! Linda had provided fat balls, feeders and suet blocks, so there were plenty of hedgerow birds in evidence, as well as some excellent fly-overs! Nice to meet and chat with Joyce & Andrew from the Hall, who regaled us with tales of their resident Little Owls!

Birding chums Ann & Brian Shreeve spent three hours with us: the Wren photo is one of Brian's. They told us that earlier  they'd had a Waxwing in their garden (a couple of hundred yards from our bungalow!) Brian had some fabulous photos, which made me just a little envious!

We'd been home a couple of hours when Brian rang the door bell, urging me to grab my camera and jump in his car. After a brief wait in his lovely conservatory, Ann noticed that the Waxwing had returned, allowing me to get my first images of the species in our village!

 

 





 
Wren in the churchyard (Brian Shreeve)
 

2 comments:

Susan Rowe said...

We are very grateful to you and Linda plus the buddies you encouraged along to the birdwatch, David. For once the weather was reasonable and certainly the list had improved since last year - 17 species in the first hour, 15 in the second, 11 in the third (think most watchers were warming up with soup and cake at this time!) and 8 species in the fourth hour. Thanks too for the photos, which are very useful for the Friends of Hemblington Church archive. (Glad you saw the waxwing too!) Sue

David said...

Hi Sue!
The pleasure was all ours: count us in if you do a May event!
David