Monday 27th NovemberFarming with Nature at RSPB Haweswater
WAXWING sightings or info on concentrations of berry laden ROWAN
Posted by pete marsh
Peter, I've said it before and I'll say it again, and it's only a theory of mine, I've never read anything about it. The perfect spot for waxwing is a well laden rowan adjacent to a taller well laden ash. Whether the waxwings feed off the ash I have no idea, I've never observed it. They do however prefer a taller 'refuge' tree to retreat to when feeding on low growing rowan or often fallen berries which they will happily ground feed on if undisturbed. They are always very flighty in my experience ground feeding. On warmer sunnier winter days they often insect hunt like a flycatcher from the taller branches of ash trees too. Here is the thing. A winter ash, well keyed in clumps bears a striking resemblance to a tree with starlings or waxwings nestled in the branches. Other suspects such as blackbirds or mistle thrushes tend to take a top of the tree dominant and defensive position as an obvious singleton and can be ruled out when hunting waxwings. I am convinced ash is the 'refuge tree' of choice for camouflage purposes for waxwing. The perfect scenario is a tree of both species next to each other I suppose.
Hi John, were exactly are the Rowan trees, I have been up and down Church Hill, no luck.
Thanks John, I managed to see 16 Waxwing, all feeding in the small Rowan at the bottom end of the carpark.
They were flying between the top of the nearby tall tree and preening in the sunshine.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14/12/2016 06:40PM by knottender.
Their favourite Rowan at the moment seems to be the one in the car park opposite the Educational Institute on the left up Church Hill but they are very flighty and often flying off to other berry trees up Church Hill mainly in back gardens . They are also often resting in my oak tree near the car park.
There are still 2 or 3 about now but the main party have gone elsewhere at present - probably back later since lots of berries left on the Rowan.
Best of luck.
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