Waxwing – Weymouth, Dorset

While watching Red-necked Grebes in Portland Harbour my pager reported a single Waxwing in Weymouth, only a mile or so up the road. I hurried off via Radipole Visitor Centre to get some directions. 

Only in invasion years do Waxwings reach Dorset and given the sketching opportunity I was anxious to see it. I turned the corner into Cobham Road and saw a group of birders up ahead, they were watching the Waxwing in the top of a bare tree. 

Over the next few minutes it flew back and forward into the neighbouring front gardens always within about 25 yards of us. I moved around to get the sun behind me and began sketching.

The absence of yellow/white tips to the inner webs of the primaries meant that it was a 1st winter bird, probably female and there were two tiny red tips to the tertials on the right wing at least.

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