Unfortunately the end of summer but the sound of geese is a lovely start to the autumn. The geese are back, we saw a flock of at least 300 Pink-footed Geese flying over during the day on Tuesday 20th September. However that was not the first report of Geese some have been around for about 2 weeks as Marion in Klspiindie had a definite sighting of Pink-feet on Tuesday 5th September. We heard from Heather in Abernyte that she also heard a a flock of geese of on morning of Tuesday 5th September. Other movements of the resident Canada Geese (with a barking cry) were heard at about the same date .
Much cooler over the last week or so and conditions apparently favouring the arrival of migrants. We heard from Tim at East Newton that he had a flock of Fieldfares near his place on Wednesday 12th/Thursday 13th October. Good to hear that they are around. Then on Sunday 16th a Brambling, another migrant from N Europe appeared in our garden, where it was ringed and sent on its way by bird ringer friend Alan.
There is still (27th October) a good crop of Rowan berries out in the countryside around Abernyte, including on the Glebe where they were planted for the millenium, A lot of the red Rowan berries in our garden were scoffed as soon as ripe by Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. We noticed the return of noisily raucous Mistle Thrushes to the garden from last weekend (23rd October). They seem to like to defend a tree of white or pink berried Sorbus from any other birds that try to steal from them!
In addition, we are now getting daily visits from the cheery little Long-tailed Tits, a group of tiny Goldcrests hunting for insects on the apple trees and lots more Coal Tits about than we saw over the summer months.
We are well into the autumn migration now and we have had Redwing and Fieldfares in the garden for some time. One migrant that other people have been seeing, but not me has been the Waxwing! This morning we had a flock of about twenty of them in the garden. From a distance these birds look a little like a Starling, but with a prominent crest. Closer up you can see that it is reddish-brown with a black throat and a small black mask round its eye, and spectacular yellow and white in the wings and a yellow-tipped tail. You can see pictures and more information
That's great. Waxwings are such beautiful birds, you were lucky to see them. This year seems to be a "Waxwing year" Gordon has also told us that he saw two or three of them feeding on the ground in their garden a couple of days ago (1st January I think). I believe that they have also been seen in KInnaird and also flock of about 20 seen in Abernyte on 27th December, maybe the same ones that you saw. There are also Fieldfares and Redwings about.