Pole Wax

Ben Brown sends us this picture and writes:

I saw these saw rare and beautiful waxwings on Arklow Rd Deptford yesterday.

The cold weather further north has brought them to Deptford, South London. I was amazed to see them on a bush eating berries just 40m from my house. I cycled back and grabbed my camera and they were still there thankfully when I returned.

12 comments:

Canadian Gothic said...

Saw some waxwings feeding on my rosé bush and rushed out to purchase a nyger seed feeder. A week has passed and I haven't seen any more, but your excellent picture has convinced me I wasn't seeing things. Thanks!

Canadian Gothic said...

Purchased the nyger feeder as I thought they might be goldfinches or waxwings but they looked exactly the same as in your picture. On that note, can anyone tell me if we DO have goldfinches/siskins in area? Or what I might put out for the waxwings?

Ben Brown said...

I initially though they were gold finches but they are over twice the size and have those puffy mohicans, yellow wing parts and are just spectacular. Waxwings feed on berries mainly and fly in noisy little flocks. See rest of photo set, they are feeding on berries http://www.flickr.com/photos/beenbrun/sets/72157633079139758/

I see gold finches on the east London line by new cross station sometimes. Also very pretty.

david said...

i love these guys

Faux Berry said...

Goldfinches by the dozen 'round here. They seem to be getting better at coming to feeders, which is boosting their numbers. They stopped eating the Nyger I was putting out and get in there with the sparrows for the sunflower hearts now. Getting more birds generally in the last couple of years. We even had a couple of goldcrests last month.

Canadian Gothic said...

Loved the Flickr set--some great close ups (and in flight too!) that will help me to identify in future. Mine had the mohicans so waxwings for sure! Am now soaking currants for today but have just ordered rowans and hawthorne for later in the week. As for goldfinches, relieved to know they're here and my high end nyger feeder won't end up an expensive garden ornament!

teahound said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures. I'm so glad that they were still there for you, it would've been a shame to have missed them all lined up like that. They are lovely photos and what beautiful little birds. I've got a pryacantha in my back garden too, hopefully they'll pay a visit for some berries.

Croftylady said...

I'm jealous of your waxwings. We had a small group in the trees a few years ago. But we do have healthy populations of goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, blackbirds, sparrows & robins + starlings. Only downside is that sparrowhawks have our feeding patch on their radar too. Biggest excitement this year is regular goldcrest and a pair of blackcaps. Not bad for SE4.

Robert said...

Great photos of the waxwings. And a couple of bonus shots of a mangy fox! A proper urban safari.

Mike Acord said...

I regularly get flocks of goldfinches in my garden (Brockley). Niger seed gets them in every time.

Mike Acord said...

Plenty of goldfinches around. I have found that by painting the top of the feeder yellow, it attracts them as they feed in flocks and they have yellow markings.

NAT said...

Oh look, I'm sorry but I have to. You've got a rosay bush, could I have a cutting?

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