The UK is having its largest Waxwing invasion in 3 winters just now with birds being reported up and down the country during November and December, 2016.
We have colour-ringed over 300 birds in and around Aberdeenshire so far this winter, including 140 in Ballater. We would be very grateful for any reports of these birds so please check all Waxwings (AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS) and report them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We were delighted to hear from Shetland photographer and birder, Hugh Harrop recently about a returning Waxwing we had colour-ringed in a previous invasion
NW49165, colour rings red over white right leg, metal over red left leg (see photo) was ringed as an adult male on 03/12/2013 in Burnett Place, Aberdeen. Hugh had it in his garden at Hillwell, Shetland on 12/11/16. So it was very interesting to hear about this bird again, returning to the UK 3 winters later!
|Hugh Harrop © Hillwell, Shetland 12/11/16|
As an added bonus, this Waxwing had a little bit of history during its visit in 2013/14. It was resighted still in Aberdeen at the end of December 2013 before making a trip across the North Sea at some point and turning up in Hilversum in the Netherlands towards the end of February 2014.
|Harry de Klein © Hilversum, Netherlands 26/02/14|
Have a very Merry Christmas and guid New Year from Grampian Ringing Group, hopefully with some Waxwings to watch and enjoy.