A great winter for Waxwings
This winter has seen a large influx of Waxwings into the UK and particularly into our area of South Essex. This occurs quite often when they have had a successful breeding year in their native Scandinavia but there has been insufficient food (mainly berries) to support them. One of their favourite places is Supermarket car parks as they have learned that there is often a good supply of berries on the ornamental shrubs planted there. They have been seen at Aldi and Lidl's in Pitsea and at Lakeside. I was lucky enough to get a flock of 83 in Laindon just two roads from where I live.