Hundreds of waxwings from Scandinavia seen in York

Hundreds of waxwings from Scandinavia seen in York

Picture of Waxwings taken by Woodthorpe resident and keen birdwatcher Sue Gabbatiss

Picture of Waxwings taken by Woodthorpe resident and keen birdwatcher Sue Gabbatiss

Picture of Waxwings taken by Woodthorpe resident and keen birdwatcher Sue Gabbatiss

First published in News

WINGED visitors from Scandinavia have invaded York from the air – in search of a snack.

These pictures of hundreds of waxwings, which are not commonly seen in such large numbers in the city, were taken by Woodthorpe resident and keen birdwatcher Sue Gabbatiss, showing the birds feasting on rowan berries which grow on trees in the area.

Waxwings do not breed in the UK but head here, often in huge flocks called “irruptions”, for winter when not enough food is available at their own breeding grounds in Scandinavia. They usually head for the east coast, between Scotland and East Anglia, first but then move inland.

“It’s quite unusual for them to be seen so easily in York, and when we were out for a walk we saw between 100 and 200 of them on the trees in Woodthorpe,” said Sue.

“They were obviously hungry because they stripped the rowan trees completely bare. We didn’t see any of them last year and they aren’t often seen in York, so it was surprising that so many of them are here this year.”

To help you identify a waxwing, they are plump birds which are slightly smaller than starlings and have a prominent crest. The are reddish brown with black throats, small black masks around their eye, yellow and white tinges on their wings and yellow-tipped tails.

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10:05am Fri 16 Nov 12

dodgydavereturns says...

...... they are plump birds which are slightly smaller than starlings and have a prominent crest. The are reddish brown with black throats...
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You'll get a great glimpse of them down Coney Street on Friday and Saturday night!
...... they are plump birds which are slightly smaller than starlings and have a prominent crest. The are reddish brown with black throats... .... You'll get a great glimpse of them down Coney Street on Friday and Saturday night! dodgydavereturns
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2:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

meme says...

They 'invade' us and then 'feast' on berries'
they sound like fun
Talk about a non story
They 'invade' us and then 'feast' on berries' they sound like fun Talk about a non story meme
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8:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

sheps lad says...

Murphy and meme,miseries!
Murphy and meme,miseries! sheps lad
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7:25pm Sun 18 Nov 12

notsmallminded says...

I much prefer a set of tits coming after my nuts!
I much prefer a set of tits coming after my nuts! notsmallminded
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4:07am Tue 20 Nov 12

Magicman! says...

giggedy
giggedy Magicman!
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