Monday, 17 November 2008

Waxwing wanderings


There are certain birds that seem to charm their way into the hearts of birders. Relatively common birds by BirdGuides standards of mouth-watering rarities, but a bird that you fondly hope to find on your local patch - birds that bring a smile to your face each time you see them. I'm a bit like that about Firecrests, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and Hen Harriers.

One bird that falls into that category for almost everyone I know is Waxwing. A Nordic invasion that is welcomed by people that normally don't even go birdwatching. These cheeky chappies stripping the berries from Morrisons car parks the length and breadth of Britain feature heavily on our photo gallery. They're accessible, approachable, adorable and there's one somewhere near you! I attach the updated Bird Map so you can see how far they've spread so far.

2 comments:

Kingsdowner said...

Respect to the creators of Birdmaps, the best daily guide!

Is that kind of species-specific map available to ordinary punters?

Dave Dunford said...

Is that kind of species-specific map available to ordinary punters?

Not at the moment, I'm afraid. It's rather demanding on server resources and, besides, I need to create some infrastructure to allow user-friendly access. It may happen in the future...