There has been much publicity about the Waxwing invasion this year but to date there have been very few reports of any local birds arriving in West Sussex. However today a report came in of a few birds feeding on 'red berry trees' on Shoreham Beach...a somewhat vague description but worth a look! So having arrived in Shoreham Beach the search was on for 'red berry' trees! As I drove up and down various roads all was in vain until I saw some starling like birds high in a roadside tree...but not a berry in site! Yes...WAXWINGS!!.
Just five birds sitting and preening in Harbour Road by the bus stop opposite the Fitness Centre. They were high up and photography was difficult as they were partially obscured by the branches and the best place to get some reasonable shots was in the middle of the roads...not ideal!
|Most of the time they were preening...|
|..and adopting very awkward poses!|
They did change positions from time to time so a few shots were obtained before they flew off and were never seen again despite another search.
Such charismatic birds!
As I hadn't been to see the long staying Serin at Newhaven Tidemills I decided that it was time to pay a visit, but it was difficult to photograph and kept returning to a rather distant bush or fed on the ground hidden by foliage. Other photographers had featured the bird on a nearby stone wall with a great clear background but alas this was not to be for me. Here are are a couple of distant, heavily cropped shots.