#491 Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

9 July

Not to be confused with the more common Cedar Waxwing – distinctively the lower belly is a rich chestnut colour and there are cinnamon-coloured areas around the mask.. The breeding habitat is coniferous forests, usually near water. The pair build a lined cup-shaped nest in a tree or bush, often close to the trunk. Many birds desert their nesting range in winter and migrate farther south. In some years, large numbers of Bohemian waxwings irrupt well beyond their normal winter range in search of the fruit that makes up most of their diet.

In some years, this waxwing irrupts south of its normal wintering areas, sometimes in huge numbers. The fruit on which the birds depend in winter varies in abundance from year to year, and in poor years, particularly those following a good crop the previous year, the flocks move farther south until they reach adequate supplies. They will stay until the food runs out and move on again.

(* Picture from Wikipedia)

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