Waxwings still here - Holmethorpe SPs, Surrey ... Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December 2010

The WAXWINGS remain on site with up to 33 birds being seen regularly along the railway embankment, favouring the Holmethorpe Industrial Estate side of the railway. They are easily disturbed by passing trains but usually return to the same area (or have done up 'til now).

It is best to approach this area from the Water Colour housing development as parking is not advisable on the industrial estate. From Water Colours, take the path between the lagoons and turn right just past the kissing gate and over the small bridge, turn left along the path until you reach the railway. If the birds are not showing on this side, walk through the tunnel under the railway line and follow the path right to the road. Opposite is Eurocar Parts unit and the Waxwings are often feeding or perching in the trees by the railway embankment nearby.

This morning (Saturday) I joined Kevin 'Kojak' Guest and Neil 'Factor' Randon and we had good close views of the birds, which often perched and fed in the hawthorns almost over our heads.

Kevin, with Neil in the distance, staking out the Waxwings.

The Waxwings offering close views.

Kevin got this superb shot.

Every train that passes sends them into a panic.

Another of my dodgy videos.

On Friday, Paul found a CETTI'S WARBLER near Spynes Mere and, as well as getting a good view of it, also heard it calling, but it has not been relocated since. I found a male BRAMBLING perched high in a tree whilst looking for the Waxwings and another CURLEW flew west over The Moors NR. Derek Washington found a Green Sandpiper by the stream behind Water Colours and Kingfishers are being seen almost daily, with Kevin Guest noting two birds on Saturday.
A LITTLE EGRET has been seen in the area, both on Friday and Saturday.
The female GOLDENEYE remains on Mercers West Pit and Gordon found that it had been joined by a female SMEW on Saturday, but both can prove elusive.


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