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Dirty Twitching

More reminiscing. Another photo from Grand Manan this summer. A Cedar Waxwing.

Looking at the birds white under-tail coverts, rather than the chestnut of our own ‘Bohemian’ Waxwings was a sort of double reminder. I recall going to Nottingham. It must have been in 1996. God that’s 20 years ago. Early in the year maybe … probably February. My friend Ken Laban and I set off to search the huge flock of about a thousand or more Waxwings for the Cedar Waxwing that had turned up among them. We found it … eventually. The flock was very mobile. After an initial brief glimpse the whole flock took flight but eventually settled a mile or so away on the outskirts of the city in berried bushes surrounding an industrial estate. This  enabled us to have really good views. Those were the days. Nothing like a spot of dirty twitching!

cedar-waxwing

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2 Responses to “Dirty Twitching”


  1. December 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I’m a dirty twitcher and proud of it. The more dirt the better!!!
    Must come on one of your Purple Emperor excursions in the summer and if your doing orchids in Kent that would be good.
    Hope you’ve had a cool Yule!
    Tim.


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