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Old Friday 13th January 2017, 22:45   #1
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Waxwings in Leeds

Not sure if this is the right place to post this (I don't often venture into the "local" forums) but thought it maybe worth reporting a flock of maybe 70-80 Waxwings in the Hyde Park/Burley area of Leeds earlier today (13th Jan at about 3pm) - going around between groups of trees in the residential area, I "caught" them for long enough to get some photos in the little park that doesn't have a name on the map but it's between the terraces just east of Cardigan Road. Don't know how long they'll stick around for, but interestingly this is the second time I've ever seen Waxwings and the first time was in Jan 2013 on Leeds University campus, no more than half a mile away...
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Old Saturday 14th January 2017, 03:16   #2
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Saw a smaller flock (20-30 maybe) today by the ITV studios on Kirkstall Road, presumably a subset of the same birds...
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Woodhouse Square at the back of the Infirmary is a long time waxwing hotspot so your sighting isn't too far away. There seems to have been a bit of an influx over the last week. I saw a flock of at least 100 birds at Crossgates on Sunday, there have been birds seen in Chapel Allerton and Hunslet over the days since.
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I'm told there were 20+ on the Model Allotments (the ones between the rugby ground and Burley Road) on Sunday. And through last week several Bramblings as well. I'm going to my allotment this morning, but pessimistic about seeing much.
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Well couldn't have been more wrong. 8 Waxwings, 10+ Bramblings, large flocks mixed finches and 6 Fieldfare. Plus 200+ Geese moving from direction of Eccup towards Horsforth.
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