Known as an'irruption', results showed that waxwings
were seen in around nine times more Scottish gardens in 2017 compared to previous years.
are currently getting twitchers in a flap in historic Shrewsbury, Shropshire, where they have been seen at a number of sites.
travel in flocks varying from about a dozen to a hundred or more birds.
Ornithologists feel this winter's invasion may even eclipse the waxwing
deluge of 2009 when hundreds gathered in Meriden.
I've tried the Waxwings
on Florida grassflats, and I see some applications.
, redwings and fieldfares are all more likely to appear in gardens as the temperatures drop," added Dana.
Around this time last year, much colder weather saw the region invaded by waxwings
, exotic-looking starling-sized birds from Scandinavia, whose flocks saw birdwatchers rushing to capture photographs as they devoured trees heavy with rowan berries.
, driven by food shortages in their native Scandinavia, have also been widely reported, with the latest sightings in the Cramlington area.
Unfortunately the ripening and fermenting happens just about the time the adolescent cedar waxwings
have left the nest and are really getting into flight school.
Migratory species to watch for include: ospreys, turkey vultures, swifts, swallows, cedar waxwings
(above), and some species of flycatchers, warblers, finches and shorebirds.
are a beautiful crested bird that come down from Scandinavia during harsh winter periods.
Among the larger numbers recorded this year - along with the evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks and common redpolls - were 731 house sparrows, 689 rock (Dove) pigeons, 533 dark-eyed juncos, 508 cedar waxwings
, 478 starlings, 462 American tree sparrows, 396 American crows, 383 tufted titmouse, 326 American goldfinches, 275 mourning doves, 252 snow buntings, 230 wild turkeys, 217 black-capped chickadees, 204 white-breasted nuthatches, 126 northern cardinals, 131 downy woodpeckers, 111 common ravens and 101 blue jays.
PLANTING the berry-bearing tree mountain ash, or sorbus aucuparia (main picture), not only provides you with a colourful feature, but it is a real bird-puller as nuthatches, thrushes, waxwings
and finches love to feast on its berries.
Small Confessions": A whole flock of waxwings
occupied the holly, feasted on the berries, / And as if a single brush stroke, the flock lifted, banked, settled in the / Bradford pear, / Only to rise, to retrace the curve back to the holly.
Crab apple Robins, purple finches, cedar waxwings
and many others are drawn to the fruit, buds and seeds.