I’ve only twice before recorded waxwing (sidensvans) in March here. They arrive in large numbers in October and November and are usually gone again by the end of January. However, this year small numbers have stayed on. Nice then to be able to film this one in bright sunshine this morning. It had been eating from an apple I’d put out.
Although not as many as before Xmas there are still flocks of waxwings (sidensvans) around, more than normal at this time of year. Usually, most have left by now! Yesterday, they were eating hawthorn (hagtorn) berries, their last choice.
Here the waxwings join a large flock of bramblings (bjørkefink) and a few other species at the feeding station.
NB! The windows are now clean :)
Apparently there hasn’t been so much snow in Trondheim for 93 years so early in December (much less snow here than higher up though).
However, the forecast tomorrow is +8C and 30mm of rain…with the soil below frozen, this could become quite a mess!
Even waxwings (sidensvans) are attracted although they don’t stay for long.
I stopped the film and took the following screen grab and noticed that a couple of the birds were in gliding flight, looking like bullets:
I took another screen grab one second on and to my astonishment almost all the birds had synchronised into gliding flight:
Apparently, this synchronisation of waxwing flocks is well known ( similar to starlings). Have a look in slow motion:
1) Eating elderberries
2) Displaying flycatching skills
3) A dazed bird on the ground outside the front door; presumably it collided with the house in a drunken state…it ended well, flying off after the video ends.