Then the flood gates opened. There were local Waxwings everywhere - Sutton, Cheam, Belmont, Banstead, Ewell, Wallington, Burgh Heath, Redhill - these places all held flocks. So, never one to pass over a good local bird (or, in these cases, birds) I went off in search of the trilling jewels. My success rate then plumetted...
Belmont: dipped four times on a flock of 40
Cheam: dipped once on a flock of 60
Beddington SF: missed two flyovers by ten minutes having stood in the very same spot for the previous two hours.
Banstead: missed fair sized flocks in two locations
Redhill: spent two hours waiting for a mobile flock, leaving at 14.20 hrs. They turned up at 14.21
Together with these misses I must mention that I have walked the local streets for hours on end searching for a flock of my own. This has resulted in zilch, nothing, naff all. Other birders seem to find them when they are taking the rubbish out, taking their dog for a walk or just going shopping, let alone whilst out birding. I think I'm trying too hard. When I stop looking they'll come and find me.