Has anyone seen any Waxwings this winter?23/11/2008 22:38:28
Waxwings are highly distinctive birds, about the size of a Starling, brown-pink in colour with a prominent crest and a black chin. On their wings they have beautiful red waxy tips. More information can be found on BirdFacts.
November 2008. The BTO's Bird Atlas 2007-11 project aims to map the distribution of Waxwings, along with all other species regularly wintering in Britain and Ireland over a four-year period. November 1st 2008 saw the start of the second winter of Atlas fieldwork and coincided with an excellent arrival of Waxwings to the east coast of Scotland and England. Since their arrival, flocks of Waxwings have been moving slowly westwards in search of food.
Given the good numbers recorded so far this winter, we hope that it will prove to be an excellent year for this enigmatic species. So far their distribution is mostly east and north of a line from the Dee Estuary to the Thames. Will they spread westwards in coming weeks?Familiar to many people because of their love of berries, they can be found in gardens, supermarket car parks, city centre parks - almost anywhere with ornamental bushes or native trees with lots of berries. Their distinctive appearance; a beautiful mix of soft pinks and buffs with splashes of bright yellow and red, topped off with a black ‘robber's mask' and a magnificent crest, make this Starling-sized bird noticeable by birdwatchers and non-birdwatchers alike.
Varying numbers every year
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