I decided to concentrate on waxwings today, after seeing a flock yesterday just before a white out hit, then couldnt relocate them. Started off at Eaglescliffe Tesco a flock of 25 were flying between a tree and a cotoneaster bush right next to Asda - managed a few pictures before security guards chased me for taking photos on Tescos property!!
I then drover around Eaglescliffe and saw a large flock on Waxwings fly over - 150+ but I couldnt find where they landed. Then off to Middlesbrough where a large flock had been reported - not here today - but someone told me there was a large flock in Billingham - so off I went. I eventually found 200 or so of them and they were so approachable, coming right down to feed on the berries (hawthorn or blackthorn?)
Then off to Saltholme for some lunch - it was all frozen over - no surprise - it had been minus 8. But this did little for the birdwatching there. Teal, Shoveller, Heron, loads of greenfinch and reed warbler, and a male stonechat.
The weather closed in again so went home, and found another flock of about 40 waxwings just half a mile from home in Salters Lane North.