Friday, February 01, 2019


A flock of 30 were in the trees at the bottom of the bus station in Halifax this afternoon between at least 15:15 and 16:00. Very few berries left in the single rowan so I was surprised they were still there.

1 Waxwing from Lane Head area, Brighouse mid morning but it sounds like the berries are getting sparse there too. (AC).

10 Bramblings also reported by Sarah today in the area of Stansfield Close, Hanson Lane.

Photo's of Waxwings below from JM.
Worth taking note of the second photo showing the under-wing and what I think must be the wax tips showing as extension like streamers from the secondaries. Never noticed that before but I guess they may only show up like that on a photo (?)

Very nice photo's John.
What fantastic birds they are. No wonder everyone want's to see them !


Bradshaw Rambler said...

Apparently Waxwing eat between 800 and 1,000 berries a day!
So the berries will quickly go at that rate!

Steve Blacksmith said...

That's a great shot of the wax on the wings. Some, presumably the oldest, develop red wax tips to their tails as well. Ive never noticed it on living birds, or photos, but John Mather who has been making a life-long collection of skins, showed us one with a wax-tipped tail.

John Marsh said...

Thanks for that Steve. I didn't know about the wax on the wings looking like that until I saw the photo. I certainly didn't know about the wax on the tails. I'll look out for that now.