Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Waxwings everywhere!

If you live anywhere in the north or east you may have already realised, but we're in the middle of a big Waxwing invasion. This is a very early arrival and some really big flocks have already been seen. The biggest we've heard of were 480 at Pitlochry and 320 in Aberfeldy this morning, and there were at least 622 around Lewis in the Outer Hebrides yesterday.

Our BirdMap for Waxwing sightings in the last week clearly shows the arrival, with virtually no birds southwest of a line between the Isle of Man and London.

So if you've not seen one of these delightful birds before then perhaps this winter will be your best chance. Generally found in supermarket car parks and town centre ornamental trees, they're usually very confiding allowing a great view. Listen out for their very distinctive trilling call as well, sounding oddly reminiscent of "sid-little".

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