We seem to be getting quite a number of Waxwing sightings again in our area of N.Yorkshire,after the mad rush of incoming birds at the end of 2012 and early this year the birds seemed to move to the south of the country.Could these fresh birds be part of a new influx or birds that maybe started off in Scotland and are working their way southwards ? In this area they may be finding berries in shortish supply but is it too early for the birds to be heading back home and I did not think they headed back in flocks similar to those they arrived in. Be interested to hear others views on this.
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The big flocks down south seem to be moving on now so maybe they are returning north ready to migrate back into Europe rather than moving south?
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Seaman.Have a look at the animated map for 2010 on the Bird Track site.I was lead to believe they wander up & down the valleys(stripping berries) where I live,having arrived via east coast/york/leeds,push South&West in search of food and cross into Europe as needs be.Although they arrived here on bonfire night,the few I saw last week could just have been stalled with Stockport(or wherever) as far as I know,lol.
They arrive on such a broad front,its difficult to work out who is going where but the map seems to suggest that we are re-seeing birds from the initial influx.
Their return is triggered by the need to breed,so I suppose its-Wherever you are/Stop/Go straight home!I too would like to know how the groups split up whilst they are here and if they re-form to make the return journey.
Going on past influxes I would have thought that it was a bit early for them to be heading for their breeding grounds but maybe they are working their way back cleaning up the berries that seemed less palatable first time round.