Sheffield Waxwing. The waxwing, a colourful winter visitor to the UK. These stunning birds come to the UK to feast on the berry crop when there is a shortage of food for them at home. This only happens periodically and when large numbers of them appear it’s known as an irruption.
This is one of around 30 waxwings I photographed in 2019 next to the busy Ecclesall road in my home city of Sheffield. Although they had been around for a couple of weeks I waited until the tree tops were bare so that I could photograph them against the colours of the brickwork on the lower branches.
Sheffield Waxwing: About the Waxwing:
The waxwing is a rare winter visitor to our shores. Slightly smaller than a starling, It has a prominent crest, distinctive yellow and white patterning in the wings and a yellow-tipped tail. Waxwings do not in fact breed in the UK but visit only when there is shortage of food in their breeding grounds. In some years birds can visit in vast numbers known as irruptions.
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