It was bugging me. Really bugging me. My friend, Doug Butler had seen a flock of waxwings out at Tranquille and said there must have 2,000 or so in the flock. I saw the same flock and thought it must be closer to 200. Or at least it might have been the same flock, but as it was two different days at two different times, so it might have been two different flocks.
I took the above photo – and started crossing the birds out one by one – just to get an accurate count. My best guess of that flock was, now wait for it. Nope I want you to guess first. The total was 928. That’s a lot of plucking. I had seen a couple of flocks like this on the one day , so it is very likely that Doug was bang on in his guestimate of flock numbers had the two flocks joined up.
Next question – how many seeds on a dandelion head?