Scandinavian invasion – Waxwings

This morning I heard a welcome noise, a fine trilling in the air. It can mean only one thing, Scandinavian invaders on the loose. Stand by your ornamental garden berries!


These guys had come all the way from Scandinavia over here, in search of berries. And they parked themselves on a telephone pole at the end of my road. so I could go get a camera for a second look at these handsome creatures with their jaunty crests. They aren’t particularly shy, and tend to group in garrulous flocks, trilling away to each other.



what they're really after is berries
what they’re really after is berries

They post some of the ranks on the telephone pole as lookout, busily digesting the spoils of war.

waxwings massing
waxwings massing keeping a lookout

Sitting around also helps them digest πŸ™‚

They crap a lot too
They crap a lot too

It’s kinda rude to ignore something as lovely as these guys, and what’s nice about them is they are drawn to urban areas, because fo the ornamental berry crop. They aren’t particularly shy and have a penchant for supermarket car parks which have a lot of that as low ground cover. first time I’ve had them in my road!


4 thoughts on “Scandinavian invasion – Waxwings”

  1. Beautiful birds. Hope they stay around for the Garden Birdwatch! I don’t think they ever get as far over as land-locked Shropshire, can’t navigate Birmingham’s airspace!!
    I’ll make do with Red Kites.


  2. Fantastic photographs! I love them. One of the good things about winter- you can see the wild life better. I can see a pair of woodpeckers feeding -whereas I can only hear them and occasionally get a glimpse the rest of the year.


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