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My turn for a Waxwing fix

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Colin Bushell eluded to this yesterday with his report of 150 Waxwings in Preston but this-morning was my first chance to catch up with this winter's crop of Waxwings. A few weeks later that the last huge irruption of two years ago but welcome all the same.

There's just something about that trilling call that I and other birders just love. Definitely the opium of the masses of birders ('scuse the pun) - great birds.

There were ten at Barrow today but with hndreds depositing themselves around the country, they could turn up anywhere, especially as the berry crop is poor this year.
You never know, we may get then in the garden again.

Long-tailed Duck awaits my return

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We've had a few days away in Plymouth this week. The weather wasn't too kind to us but I did manage to see the Lesser Yellowlegs amongst Redshanks and Greenshanks at Ernesettle Creek. Walks on the coast at Hope Cove and Wembury didn't turn up anything special even though we seemed to be surrrounded by reports of Black Redstarts but it was very enjoyable all the same (apart from being shot-blasted by a hail-storm when on the most exposed part of the walk). Our B&B was on Plymouth Hoe so we certainly ate well in the restaurants along the Barbican.

At Rishton Reservoir, this-morning, I had two species that I can't recall seeing there before. A Crossbill was calling as it flew high overhead and I had three Rooks flying east over the dam wall. There are always plenty of Crows around but Rooks are very scarce over Rishton. On the water there were the first four Goosander of the winter - all juveniles/females - and seven Cormorants. Sixty-two Lapwings fed on the western f…