I received a report of several waxwings discovered in rowan trees in Primrose Close, Bishop's Stortford, so today, I spent a little time finding them and getting a few record photos. They were exactly as reported only their numbers had swollen to 20+. A super bird to see; they arrive in the UK from eastern Scandinavia every 4 - 5 years, usually due to a combination of poor berry crops in their breeding range coupled with a successful breeding season. This is indeed the case for 2010, with up to 10,000 arriving here from across the North Sea.
Judging by the amount of rowan and cotoneaster on the Bishop's Park estate, I suspect they will be present for a fortnight or so. Also discovered whilst watching these was a solitary lesser redpoll. I received a phone call later letting me know that the number had swollen to 3 redpolls. Hope the residents of Primrose Close are not too bothered by numbers of birders and photographers wandering around!