The whole week has been a Waxwing feast.
I took a lot of Waxwing photos in case you hadn’t noticed. Will they stick around? Maybe yes maybe no.
As long as there are berries………..
They’ll probably up and leave soon………
Well, they don’t come every year.
The flock was mainly Japanese Waxwing but there quite a few Bohemians too.
The easiest way to tell them apart is the colour of the tail tip (red in Japanese, yellow in Bohemian) or the yellow stomach of the Japanese which is very conspicuous in flight……….
Bohemian Waxwings occur widely across northern latitudes but Japanese Waxwing is an East Asian endemic and hence are more sought after by visiting birders……….
They seemed to be more numerous than Bohemians yesterday and today anyway.
A lot of Waxwings in town today…………
Looks like 2020 might be one of those winters……………..
Both species were present, these photos are all Japanese Waxwing though.
I saw a flock of 8 Waxwings in town today. 3 Bohemian (above) and 5 Japanese Waxwings (below).
I didn’t either species last year but 2 years ago there were loads of them. I wonder what the rest of winter will hold?
A Japanese Waxwing from Hakodate last year. In early 2018 there was a huge invasion of Waxwings (of both species) right in the middle of town. It lasted about 3 weeks. This year however it’s very quiet near my apartment: Great Egret, a few Dusky Thrush, Daurian Redstart, a handful of Goosander and a lone Long-tailed Rosefinch have been all I’ve been able to find this week………….maybe some Waxwings will show up soon.