Waxwings in Northants


This afternoon I spent a very pleasant couple of hours watching a flock of 14 waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) a beautiful and enigmatic bird  that I’ve mentioned before on this blog.  This flock has been hanging around the village of Roade just outside Northampton since the 29th December, feeding on a crop of rowan berries (Sorbus aucuparia var.) and amusing the locals.  As usual they were very confiding and unperturbed by neither traffic nor twitchers (which at one point, I was told, numbered around 40 people).  Feeding with the waxwings were a couple of blackbirds that may well have travelled down from the far north with them.  Here’s a few pictures:





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8 responses to “Waxwings in Northants

  1. Lynne

    Lovely! Well done you 😊 Lx

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  2. What a lovely sight. I’ve never seen them in the UK, no wonder the twitchers were there. We once had a flock of red wings and fieldfares in West London, probably thanks to the vast fields around Osterley park and the M4.

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  3. Love them! We usually get Cedar Waxwings instead of Bohemians…but they’re very similar

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  4. Interesting to see that they are feeding on Sorbus with cream-coloured fruit. Some horticulturists think that Sorbus with white or cream fruit are less attractive to birds. But maybe that’s just common garden birds!

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  5. Lucky you, we had waxwings in Devon about five years ago and they were fascinating to watch. Perhaps you can have a word with the Northampton birds, there are plenty of berries down here ….

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