Spotlight on Sixfields Waxwings

After a small flock of up to eleven Waxwings was discovered visiting the Rowan trees in the car park at Homebase, Sixfields from 14th to 16th, another fourteen were found at nearby Sixfields Lake on the latter date and at least ten were still present there yesterday. Today, twenty-five have been present – though highly mobile – around the SixfieldsLake area, suggesting that the two flocks have now combined. Being flighty, they have not been easy to catch up with, giving many birders the run-around. Jonathan Philpot was fortunate in capturing the below images after most of us had given up this morning …

Waxwing, Sixfields Lake, Stortons GP, 18th November 2012 (Jonathan Philpot)

Waxwing, Sixfields Lake, Stortons GP, 18th November 2012 (Jonathan Philpot)

An added bonus came in the form of this unusually showy Cetti’s Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler, Sixfields Lake, Stortons GP, 18th November 2012 (Jonathan Philpot)

and a Brambling also put in an appearance. This species has appeared in reasonably good numbers this autumn.

Brambling, Sixfields Lake, Stortons GP, 18th November 2012 (Jonathan Philpot)

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3 Responses to Spotlight on Sixfields Waxwings

  1. I’m glad John submitted that flight shot, well done. I would like to add if you don’t mind, that even though we saw approximately 20-25 birds down that side of the lake, they did split into two smaller flocks, with one flock disappearing for a bit before returning, so half may being going between Hombase and the lake, but the retail/industrial park has a lot of uneaten berry rich trees, well woth keeping any eye on perhaps?

  2. Richard Eden says:

    There were 9-10 Waxwings in trees by Halfords, across the Weedon Road from Homebase, until 10:00 when they flew away down Ross Road towards Stortons GP (per FE)

  3. Also the area where Cosworth is. Also down by the railway line

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