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Monday, 18 February 2013

Waxwings & Fieldfare at the Library again!

At 10am today, I arrived at Great Yarmouth Library and I could immediately see 26 Waxwings, perched on the large tree by the car park, 5 or 6 of their number flew down to the berry bush to feed on the berries at any one time. This is the fifth time I have found Waxwings this winter! Once before at Great Yarmouth Library, by the Rackham's corner roundabout along the A12, by the Kessingland bypass roundabout, and a singleton flying over the house. It was wonderful to hear their trilling calls as I walked through the first floor of the Library, as I was informing a group about the Library's local history resources. By 12 o'clock, lunchtime, their numbers had swelled to 31 Waxwings, with the larger group perched on the large trees just east by the Row 111 houses, with just a few in the tree bordering the Library the car park. Up to 8 Waxwings flew in at anytime feeding on the berry bush. Often in full view, just a couple of feet away from the staff room window. The Waxwings flew around the estate, sometimes perching on distant TV aerials. Also there, partially obscured on a thick horizontal branch was a fine Fieldfare, which fed on berries too and when I left at 12.40pm, it was feeding out in full view (but I had no camera, alas!). The birds then became a little elusive initially in the afternoon but Peter C confirmed that c30 Waxwings were feeding on the berry bush at 4.30pm.

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