Woke up this morning to find that seven Waxwings had been seen by Budgens in Mountsorrel. Now Budgens is (to the best of my knowledge) the only permanent outlet anywhere (in the whole wide world!) for my favourite cider - Farmer Fears - and my stocks of this excellent tipple were running low. So off I set.
I arrived to find LROS Chairman Brian Moore skulking behind some trees trying to find the birds. We had a chat and then went off together to look. Brian spotted them first in a 'small roost' tree beside the pavement near the roundabout. The 'feed trees' were adjacent, and well laden with berries. We were looking into the sun, so we walked past on the pavement and observed them from the other side.
|Waxwing - Mountsorrel|
Brian had omitted to bring his camera out of the car, so went back to get it. As soon as he had rounded the corner they departed very determinedly to the north-west. I told Brian the sad news when he returned, and we hung around for a while, hoping for their return. We both gave up in the end, and I went to stock up with cider.
If only we'd hung around for half an hour longer - we'd have seen the 24 that arrived by Budgens, reported at 11:43!