Well we've waited patiently in this neck of the woods for the Waxwings, which were reported in large numbers in Scotland and the North East as early as November, to make their way across the country. Last weekend they arrived - in Bradley Stoke in Bristol, Cinderford in Gloucestershire, Bulwark in Chepstow and Newport Rd, Cardiff. One feature about these 'irruptions' is that the birds tend to end up in supermarket car parks. Winter Thrushes scoff virtually all of the berries in the countryside hedgerows within a couple of weeks of arriving, but are too timid to venture close to people, whereas the Viking raiders are a absolutely fearless and generally ignore human presence. Because the Mountain Ash or Rowan tree is widely planted as an ornamental feature in urban landscaping there are often trees laden with berries for them to feast on dotted around car parks. This was certainly the case here with people saying they'd been seen in Lidl, Cinderford, 'The Range', Cardiff, Tesco's, Bradley Stoke and 'outside the Londis', Bulwark.
Weather conditions were rubbish over the weekend and I didn't get any perfect shots but most are a good enough record.
The 10 Bulwark Waxwing.
The Cardiff Waxwings - a different colour scheme
Now I've just got the video to edit!
Terrific John, they are beauties.
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In reply to Catlady:
Very nice John, I was lucky to catch some up North over the Christmas break. Still waiting for them to arrive down here in Devon
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Thanks Cat, they really are fantastic looking birds!
In reply to john_l_uk:
Fabulous JL & I'm green with envy of course, went looking just before Xmas & no luck!!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Thanks Bob and Wendy, I'm convinced we'll be seeing a lot more of them as conditions over on the continent worsen. The longer they're here the more likely they are to get bolder and approach even busier sites. There are plenty of Rowan trees on my local retail park that they haven't spotted yet!
There's a yellow-berried one in my garden but only about 40-odd fruits this year ... I live in hope! Lol
Great, John, lucky you to be able to see so many!
In reply to Gardenbirder:
So lucky to have two flocks within a 30 minute drive!
Think we may have both been at Newport Rd at the same time possibly John :)
In reply to Nickynackynoo:
Would have been nice to say hello, I think I'll update my ID picture with an actual photo!
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