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1: 3 Dec 2023 Waxwings

Location: Penrith – In tree in playing field opposite St Catherine’s School on Drovers Lane

Name: John France

58 birds present at 8.45am

2: 3 Dec 2023 Waxwings

Location: St Catherine’s School zPlaying field, Drovers Lane, Penrith

Name: John France

Increased to 110 birds at 8.50am

3: 2 Dec 2023 Waxwings, Brampton.

Location: Brampton

Name: David Dixon

32 Waxwings at least settled in trees then briefly feeding on berries and then mobile in the Tree Road, Oak Park, Tree Gardens and Edmondson Close areas of Brampton. No sign since the sighting of the flock late morning, however one mobile bird seen in the area in the afternoon, and three birds seen in flight  at dusk.

4: 1 Dec 2023 Bittern sighting

Location: Large Siddick pond

Name: Penny Pietersen

Bittern flying across pond at midday.

5: 1 Dec 2023 Ring-necked Duck – 1 female

Location: Gretna Road Pond, Longtown

Name: Pete Howard

6: 30 Nov 2023 Brambling

Location: Garrigill

Name: Brian Hollobone

Single female on a feeder in garden in Garrigill.

7: 28 Nov 2023 Penrith Waxwings

Location: Macadam Gardens

Name: Robert Dawson

Flock of c40 still using oak tree to perch overlooking St Catherine’s playing field each late morning/ lunchtime

8: 28 Nov 2023 Snow Bunting on High Snockrigg

Location: High Snockrigg summit above Buttermere

Name: Chris Nuttall

A flock of about eight birds landed near the summit of which I saw two on the ground and identified them as Snow Buntings. They flew off in a northerly direction after a few minutes.


9: 26 Nov 2023 Waxwings, Brampton.

Location: Brampton

Name: David Dixon

Oak Park/Beckside Gardens. 4 birds maybe plus 1 other feeding on berries in jitty oposite number 1. Oak Park, also getting in tops of nearby trees and rooftop tv aerials. From observations yesterday and today I think 4 birds are staying together and 1 bird is doing it’s own thing but occasionally the 5 come together feeding on berries. It  seems likely they have another food source somewhere else nearby. Last seen around 2:30 p.m. at Oak Park.

10: 26 Nov 2023 Waxwings in Penrith

Location: Sand Croft in Penrith

Name: Chris Nuttall

Four Waxwings were seen in a tree near the junction of Sand Croft and Fell Lane at about 10am on Sunday. They flew off in a southerly direction. My son saw some again in the same tree on Tuesday