Friday, January 27, 2017
Waxwings - the sequel
A small group of between 5 and 10 waxwings have been daily visitors to the garden since Tuesday, with 7 arriving today. They've spent much time in the treetops, occasionally coming down to feed on guelder rose and cotoneaster berries. On Wednesday, we saw them start on a few remaining apples, which have previously remained untouched on the tree, but we were also interested to see them taking short hawking flights, reminiscent of bee-eaters, in pursuit of flying insects. It was good to compare notes with Chris Townsend, who's also been seeing this behaviour recently - something we've not noticed before, or expected.