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#1 kittykat23uk

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 05:17 PM

I love waxwings and we've had a bit of an influx recently:

 

30306510923_3b5644a9ed_c.jpgWaxwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

30306506413_3cfa9071fc_c.jpgWaxwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

30999271271_211731d54e_c.jpgWaxwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

30999270601_031663fc7f_c.jpgWaxwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

30874347121_a6900603a2_c.jpgWaxwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 05:38 PM

Excellent photos, Jo. I still haven't seen one in the flesh.


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 06:07 PM

Excellent photos, Jo. I still haven't seen one in the flesh.


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 06:14 PM

Thanks we are seeing a big influx at the moment. Keep an eye on twitter #waxwingsUK for news :)
If an experience is amazing enough to be "once in a lifetime," I want to do it every year.
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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:00 PM

Lovely photos! Look in your local supermarket carparks! The only time we have seen them is in a Sainsburys-anywhere there are berries
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Posted 20 November 2016 - 10:42 AM

@kittykat23uk

A beautiful bird and stunning photos!

(I have never seen one)


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 11:08 AM

@kittykat23uk - great photos Jo! I especially like the one showing the Waxwing in mid-gobble as it eats the berry.

I did not realize Bohemian Waxwings occurred in the UK - glad y'all get to enjoy them. Do they only come in irruption years or are they regular wintering birds?
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 12:53 PM

Hello @offshorebirder I foolishly never realized they had  a proper title-"bohemian" Waxwings-i was tempted to say they just do what they like and follow no rules  but although some appear every year they don;t always turn up in numbers-so an invasion year-and lets hope this is one-is something very exciting!  they can also be very confiding-hence their use of supermarket carparks-it would be interesting to ask if the north American ones are also bold-i have seen photos of a kid in the Shetland isles holding a branch out with apples stuck on them and waxwings feeding on the apples!


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Posted 21 November 2016 - 05:19 PM

Gorgeous! We get Waxwings but not these... which we would call Bohemian Waxwings. Those are very rare in my area, only a vagrant in winter--I've only see one once. But we get Cedar Waxwings which are very common and almost as beautiful as these.


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