Waxwings on the move!

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Waxwings on the move!

Post by Conifers » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:02 pm

And coming to a garden near you! Biggest numbers for several years icon_cheers icon_cheers icon_cheers

Look out for them wherever there's any berries - rowan, hawthorn, etc.
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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:57 pm

I've never seen any here, and I'm only 3 miles from RSPBs Northward Hill and Cliffe Lakes massive overwintering grounds. Is the increase due to the very bad spring (lack of berries) :?:
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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Conifers » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:59 pm

Yep, a shortage of berries in Scandinavia where they usually winter.

If you've got any berries nearby, you've a very high probability of getting some - listen out for their high-pitched trilling call, and Starling-like shape in flight.

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by dino » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:06 pm

I'd love to see one but most of my berries have already been eaten by blackbirds and pigeons and so early. Maybe they're stocking up for a bad winter?

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Conifers » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:14 pm

You can put out apples for them





They're often very tame, too . . .



Videos by Tommyart, Fair Isle, Shetland. More amazing pics at the link!

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by kata » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:42 pm

Had those three years ago in Blackburn,

I remember the excitement it created. One had nested in a tree in town, the twitters were there with their cameras......... :lol: :lol:

The one in my garden at that time sent me looking at my bird book, sure enough it was a Waxwing.

We get nothing like that here. :(

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Tom2006 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:15 pm

Wonderful looking birds!
Most wanted list - Any Young Trachycarpus and/or fern.

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:26 pm

Tom2006 wrote:Wonderful looking birds!
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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Clive60 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:27 pm

Not arrived down here yet, although a few Geat Grey Shrikes have. Not seen either but I'll be on the look out next week.

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Troppoz » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:19 am

What beautiful birds! Can believe that wild ones will eat out of your hand, what a delight!!

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by kata » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:33 am

I talked a long time to Canadian friends (Ontario)

She could charm the Humming birds from the trees to her hand. I always wanted one of those in my garden and with more exotic birds hitting our shores who knows......... :lol: :lol:

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Clive60 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:31 am

I think Hummers can only fly about two hours nonstop before needing to refuel on nectar so couldn't make it here.

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Conifers » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:40 am

Clive60 wrote:I think Hummers can only fly about two hours nonstop before needing to refuel on nectar so couldn't make it here.
They can do more than that - Ruby-throated Hummers cross the Caribbean non-stop from the USA to South America without stopping in on Cuba etc. True there's no records of any crossing the Atlantic yet, but I suspect it's only a matter of time before one gets found on the Azores after a hurricane.

Bar-tailed Godwits are the best at it, they do Alaska to New Zealand, over 10,000 km in 8 days non-stop flying.

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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by kata » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:44 am

If only they knew how much we loved them..all birds.... :lol:

Thanks for the update Clive and Conifers. I love talking wildlife. I have lived here two years and seen only one Robin and one bluetit...I hate this place and really miss my acrobating bluetit birds.

I used to watch them spin the feeder at my old address.
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Re: Waxwings on the move!

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:05 pm

Kata I am also interested in wildlife, and a love of the garden seems to go hand in hand with wildlife, or should do. If you have a garden then it is a potential wildlife haven. If there is enough support, I don't have a problem with a Wildlife section rather than just posting 'off topic'. Not all members have access to here.
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