Will the fruit I leave out at­tract any Waxwings?

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QI’ve been leav­ing wind­fall fruit out in my gar­den this au­tumn, and have been re­warded by vis­its from a num­ber of the lo­cal Black­birds. Some­one told me that it can also at­tract Waxwings – is this true? R Peters

AIt is. Although Waxwings tend to home in, first of all, on berry-bear­ing trees and shrubs such as Rowan, Co­toneaster and Pyra­can­tha, they will also eat other fruit, although they tend to pre­fer to take it from a perch. You could spike some of your wind­fall fruit on twigs and branches, to try to at­tract them into the gar­den – rel­a­tively large num­bers have moved into the UK this win­ter and are roam­ing around, look­ing for food. Even if you don’t get these par­tic­u­lar ‘in­vaders’, your fruit might at­tract Field­fares and Red­wings, which will come into gar­dens dur­ing cold weather.

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