To cut a long story short I located at least 64 Waxwings at East Malling Research - there were more, I saw four flocks of birds but I only managed to get a count on three of these. They were very confiding and were feeding voraciously on the apples on the trees. Occasionally they'd fly off, and at one point I watched them until they landed in the trees on the western perimeter of Ditton Court Quarry (a new Quarry tick!). I'll let the photos do the talking (see below)! Also CLICK HERE for a video of some of the birds.
As I left the site at 11:15 I saw a flock of Waxwings (20+) land in Ditton Court Quarry but couldn't relocate them. John Clements pointed out a Siskin flying over. Both John Clements and James Bushnell reported seeing a single male Brambling in the same orchard as the Waxwings.
I also had a Lesser Redpoll feeding with a lone Goldfinch in a Silver Birch tree on the Tonbridge Road, Barming.
East Malling Research is a PRIVATE SITE with access to the public restricted to the use of the public footpath that runs across east-west the site. Under NO circumstances should anyone trespass into the orchards or research land or block the public path or private roadway. The Research Station reopens tomorrow after the Bank Holiday and there may be some disturbance in the orchards due to field operations.
If your visiting and get cold or hungry then check out Bramley's Restaurant next to the Conference Centre which serves hot and cold food and drink until 14:00!