Arrived at Willington Gravel Pit at 9.30 ish. The reported Great White Egret had not been seen since 8.00am. I met up,with some of the local birders and we had a good chat and a bit of banter. At just gone 11.00, I received news of an influx of Waxwings about a 15 min drive away. I decided it was worth a go. I headed back to car where a few more birders were arriving in hope of the Great White Egret and set off in pursuit of Waxwings yet again!
I arrived at Allestree, and started driving round looking for signs of Waxwings. At first I thought I had left it too late and missed them. Then, as I glanced down the next road I saw birders all over the place. Scopes, cameras, binoculars and cars parked anywhere they could be quickly abandoned. I hastily ditched my own car and joined the still growing group of birders. The local residents looked out of their windows bemused, wondering what the hell was going on. This area has an abundance of mature Mountain Ash trees, a Waxwing drive through restaurant.More birds arrived and before long, at least 50 waxwings were putting on a great show.
Returned to Willington Gravel Pit in search of Great White Egret. Arrived about 1.00pm. Stayed until just gone 2.00pm. I decided it wasn't going to put a second apperance in today, and headed for home.There will be other Great White Egret days!