The start of 2017 saw small groups of Waxwings arrive in the county. At first they seemed to prefer adjacent counties which was rather frustrating but eventually they did arrive in a few areas. In fact the first record was of two on 19th December 2016, but then we had to wait until 6th January when one was seen at Walters Ash and a group of thirteen were seen in Aylesbury. Then on 8th a group of twelve were seen in Milton Keynes. On the 10th birds were reported as far apart as Cressex, Bledlow, Buckingham and Weston Turville. Waxwings have also been reported from Stoke Mandeville, Lodge Hill and Bletchley.
The largest flock reported was at Bletchly on 15th when 30 were seen. Since then numbers have significantly diminished. The last report (at the time of writing) was of one at Bledlow on 24th January. So a decent influx occurred but not matched the flocks of over 100 that were seen in January 2013.
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