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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Friday 7th December - Waxwing Silhouettes

Missing out on the Waxwings at Midley and Eastbourne last weekend the dogs walk today was to be earlier than usual, well thats what they thought. Headed off at 2pm towards Ham Street to hopefully find the flock of 20 reported earlier in the day on Bird Guides. Heading into Kent black clouds and strong northery winds I thought this will be a waste of time.

Arriving at Ham Street a few winter Thrushes on the berry laden bushes but that was all. A drive around the village and no sign so headed for home. Stopping at the roadworks just before the junction with the A2070 I noticed a distant flock of birds land in a tree. Bins up against the red traffic light it looked promising - on green pulled over at the next possible place, looked more promising - camera out and off we go dogs saying what about us?

From the roadworks

Getting nearer and then the sun came out

Even nearer looking into the sun

Still looking towards the sun
 I counted 22 in one tree and about 15 in another, both flocks took flight and went in different directions. Job done another year tick which a month ago I didn't expect.

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