The local Waxwing flock now numbers at least 160 birds. Standing sketching with cold fingers whilst chatting to local people has become a regular part of my working day recently. They have a very evocative and constant “trilling” call which to my ears is beautiful and evocative. I find myself trying to imagine the remote northern forests where these birds have travelled from and the places they have stopped on the way and feel very priviledged to be watching them here in North Yorkshire. The first photograph shows Waxwings with three Starlings which gives a good indication of their size.