The influx of waxwings continues, with reports of these striking birds coming in from all over the country.
I finally managed to hook up with a small flock in Clonakilty, County Cork over the weekend… and what a lovely lot they were too. Here are a few photographs.
The waxwing irruption seems to have been prompted by a combination of a good breeding year (boosting waxwing numbers) and failure of the berry crop in the birds’ native Scandinavia. With food scarce large numbers of waxwings started arriving in the UK uncharacteristically early in the winter.
With relatively poor berry crops in many parts of the UK too, a lot of these birds were forced to keep moving, and lots of them are arriving here in Ireland.
There are waxwings turning up all over the place… from Malin Head to Mizen Head (well, almost), so whenever you spot a berry-laden cotoneaster bush or rowan tree keep your eyes peeled. And don’t forget, if you get some snaps share them with us over on the Ireland’s Wildlife page on Facebook and on the Ireland’s Wildlife Flickr Group.