Wildlife to watch in January
The Waxwing derives its name from the blobs that look like red sealing wax at the tips of some of its secondary flight feathers. It does not breed in the UK but they are occasional winter visitors when food in their usual Northern Europe and sub-Arctic runs out.
They are very gregarious birds, flocking together in small parties to feed on the berries of shrubs such as dog rose, guilder rose, holly, hawthorn and rowan. Waxwings will also venture into parks and gardens when food in the countryside becomes scares. They have been seen locally this winter.
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