Saturday, 22 November 2008

Local birding: Glaucous Gull & Waxwings - 22nd Nov 2008.

Another extensive search for Blackburn Waxwings drew a blank as did four visits to yesterdays site on the A666 by The Bear Hotel. Whinney Hill Tip produced the goods with a 1stw Glaucous Gull probably present until 13:25 only when all birds were flushed and many departed to the west. The Glauc was reported at Fishmoor by birder unknown, per Tony Bennett, prior to 14:55, firstly on the water, then flying towards the roosting roof, with no further sign from my arrival at 15:30-16:45. It was either out of view on the roof throughout, or maybe continued west towards the coast?

Inbetween Whinney Hill & Fishmoor I paid a brief visit to Barrow, nr Whalley, and the Waxwings present for much of the week, counting 39 in trees around the rear of Nico's Restaurant.