bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Waxwings in Kirkbymoorside

Waxwings in birch- oil SOLD
Waxwings in Kirkbymoorside, 8th November- pencil in sketchbook
Waxwing in maple, 8th November- watercolour in sketchbook

About thirty Waxwings were ranging widely around the central roundabout in Kirkbymoorside. The weather is mild 10C and they were spending their time flycatching in graceful aerial sorties. It is such a delight to see them in the middle of town combining a useful shopping trip with some top class bird watching. I made this quick watercolour sketch of a waxwing in a maple. The bird was no more than 15 feet away as I sketched from the car.

bird behaviour

Waxwings are back in Ampleforth!

Waxwings- watercolour in sketchbook
Waxwings- watercolour in sketchbook

Waxwings- watercolour in sketchbook

With an invasion of waxwings taking place I knew it wouldn’t be long before they arrived here in Ampleforth, so I worked with my window open this morning, despite the frost and within an hour of starting a new lapwing composition I was distracted by the beautiful calls of Waxwings. About ten were in a cotoneaster about 50 feet from my studio window, but they were soon disturbed. My telescope is set up in the hope that they return. Here are some previous sketches of these wonderful birds made in 2010, may this morning’s flock return and stay long enough for me to do some new waxwing sketches.