Friday, 26 December 2008

Local birding: Waxwings & Iceland Gull - 26th Dec 2008.

Following my second unsuccessful search in two days for the reported Cattle Egret at Hapton, I called into Weir St. Pay & Display Car Park, Blackburn Town Centre where 9 Waxwing were showing in beautiful light.

Many fewer Gulls roosted at Fishmoor Reservoir tonight, the reduction no doubt the result of the cessation of tipping at Whinney Hill over the Christmas break. In this context, a 1stw Iceland Gull, the first to be recorded locally since 14th December, was most welcome.

1stw Iceland Gull - Fishmoor Res, Lancs - 26th Dec 2008.

Enroute home from Fishmoor, I was most surprised to see a Woodcock fly from suburban Houses across Livesey Branch Road at roof top height towards a large garden only a few doors away from my house!