Rare Bird Visitor to Penzance, Cornwall

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This Waxwing was feeding on berries on the edge of the A30 on the outskirts of Penzance in Cornwall yesterday.

Insight: The numbers of wintering Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) visiting the UK is determined by the severity and abundance of food in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Irruption years can see large flocks arrive in the northern and eastern parts of the UK but, even during these years, few reach the south west of Cornwall.

Waxwing have a particular liking for Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and other brightly coloured berries and so can often be found in urban housing estates feeding in peoples gardens.

The red tips to their wings resemble sealed wax which it is suggested gives the bird its name.

3 Responses

  1. Wildlife Insight

    Hi Geoff, thanks for your comment. You certainly live in a good area for these stunning winter visitors – just a short flight across the North Sea! I guess because they are so much rarer down here it makes them even more special.

  2. Geoff

    Super photo, I saw half a dozen waxwing, last week (19th March 2011) and we live in Inverbervie DD10 0RB!

  3. Gill

    What a lovely photo. I had my first Goldfinch & Chafinch of the year on the bird feeders today Gill

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