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It was tea time this morning when I looked out of the sitting room window to see – waxwings! We were visited by at least two dozen of them and there they were, right outside the window. We are fortunate enough to have seen waxwings before, but never in our own garden. There is a Cotoneaster horizontalis growing against the house wall surrounding the window and the red berries were the attraction of the birds.

The main body of waxwings sat in the birch at the end of the garden but then swooped down to land on the acer and mallus just outside the window before coming on to the cotoneaster.


I would have loved to get pictures of them on the cotoneaster itself but going outside just then would have frightened them away. I did get a few shots from inside the house though, looking out through the window. Even with all this activity the small birds still kept on feeding.

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Oh, you are so lucky! I think these are absolutely beautiful birds. I've only managed to see them once, many years ago, but I live in hopes. Hope the folk law which says bad weather follows them isn't true!

2 Jan, 2013

 

Oh wow, fantastic! What a treat.......such a lovely photo too

Hope you are wrong Waddy......

2 Jan, 2013

 

Oh that is BRILLIANT!! lucky you bulbaholic! arent they such a treat!

could you hear them?

i wouldnt be surprised if they come back to you, when they visited near here they were on a group of trees for a week and i found i could get really quite near to them ~ good luck, maybe you can creep up on them?

they can be quite brave ~ look at this photo:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8140404/Waxwings-so-hungry-they-are-tame.html

2 Jan, 2013

 

Your going to have to sit out in the garden with a makeshift hyde B - maybe M will keep you topped up with a hot cuppa or a wee dram :)))

2 Jan, 2013

 

Wonderful photos of the waxwings and the other birds who are enjoying your bird feeders.

2 Jan, 2013

 

Fantastic pictures, so good of you to blog them for us.

2 Jan, 2013

 

It is always a treat to see these winter visitors. Unfortunately I didn't hear them, Stickie, for two reasons: a) the double glazing of the window and b) the voices are too high pitched for me to hear! I can hear most birds but not waxwings :-((( No, Scottish, no way am I going to sit out there!!! The birds are still around as we saw them in a neighbours garden when we went for a walk.

2 Jan, 2013

 

Oh what a wonderful sight. I sometimes get a smallish flock passing through from the neighbouring field and the hedgerows. lovely photos despite the windows.

2 Jan, 2013

 

sorry to hear that bulbaholic, they have such a friendly little song, bubbly and chatty, i hope you get to see them again

2 Jan, 2013

 

Wonderful , Bulba , how lucky to have that visit , and right enough , the other birds are just getting on with it .

2 Jan, 2013

 

You are so lucky! I have never seen any. (I did see flash of black and red as a bullfinch flew across the road yesterday though - first sighting for about 35 years!!) And what a beautiful view of those birches outside your window.

2 Jan, 2013

 

I`ve never seen them in my garden but last year they arrived at the trees that grow on the green over the road from our daughters house, the flock stayed around until they had completely stripped all the berries from the trees then moved on, they are smothered in berries again so she is hoping they make another appearance and is keeping a watchful eye out, lovely photo`s Mr B, thankyou for sharing.......

3 Jan, 2013

 

Beautiful.

3 Oct, 2013

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