After some enjoyable local birding in the morning, I decided to call in to Osterley Grove in Banbury on my way home, to see if a small flock of Waxwings I located on Friday afternoon were still present. Turning into the cul-de-sac, the flock were immediately in my view - crowded together on a TV aerial (ten birds in total, two more than yesterday). I parked-up and was able to spend a good amount of time watching the birds as they fed on the white berries of an ornamental Sorbus (a type of Rowan). They also spent time on the roof and drinking from the gutter!
Knowing many birds have been colour-ringed this winter in the Aberdeen area (in fact I'd just read an article about their movement on the Birdguides webzine), I checked though the flock and sure enough one individual showed a brightly-coloured combination of rings.
Local people were really interested in the birds and tolerant of the trickle of birders passing through.
|drinking from the gutter|
|the colour-ringed Waxwing was not one of those that posed so well for the camera!|
|Cherwell Valley looking north from Aynho Wharf|
|Cherwell Valley in flood|
|these extensive foodwaters are a magnet for wildfowl|
|Pintails - two drakes and a duck - "phonescoped" in failing light!|