Waxwings in hunt for berries

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A win­ter bird­watch found a growth in the num­ber of ex­cit­ing and un­usual vis­i­tors to our shores, with a rise in waxwings and red­wings spot­ted in the south east.

The RSPB event saw nearly 500,000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the na­tion­wide sur­vey, which has counted more than eight mil­lion birds.

Bird­watch­ers in Kent took part in the fi­nal week­end of Jan­uary, and there was an erup­tion of waxwings fol­low­ing a berry crop fail­ure in Scan­di­navia.

There was also pos­i­tive news that the num­ber of robins vis­it­ing gar­dens was at its high­est level for more than 20 years.

RSPB con­ser­va­tion sci­en­tist Dr Daniel Hay­how said: “The sight of a robin or black­bird perched on the gar­den fence is of­ten one of the first ex­pe­ri­ences we have with na­ture.

“So to have over 500,000 peo­ple tak­ing part and count­ing a bumper eight mil­lion birds across one week­end is amaz­ing.

“This in­for­ma­tion cre­ates a snap­shot of how our gar­den birds are do­ing.

“In the lead up to the Bird­watch there was some spec­u­la­tion as to whether we could see a waxwing win­ter and the re­sults prove that to be the case.

“Flocks of these strik­ing look­ing birds ar­rived in the UK along the North Sea coast and will have moved across the coun­try in search of food, favour­ing gar­dens where they can feast on berries.

“With it only hap­pen­ing once ev­ery 7-8 years, it will have been a treat for the lucky peo­ple who man­aged to catch a glimpse of one.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.rspb. org.uk.

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