|Blackbird (a Scandinavian one)|
|Dad at the beach|
|Thatching one of the hides|
Waxwings are beautiful looking birds and are winter visitors to the UK. They are often a bird everyone wants to see. I have seen them on a few occasions now, but I can never say no in seeing them again and again. Its their punk-like crests that I really love the most, but its the red patch on the wing that actually gives the bird its name. This red patch apparently feels waxy to touch, plus it looks a bit like sealing wax. In some winters, waxwings visit the UK in great numbers, an invasion as it were. These invasions don't happen every year, so it looks like this winter is going to be one of those invasion years. If you want to see a waxwing for yourself, just find a tree full of berries and you may get lucky. It doesn't matter where you live, city or countryside, as long as there are plenty of berries for them to gorge on, your chances of seeing one is pretty good, especially if this is indeed an invasion year. Good luck!