A week ago, I posted pictures of a winter visitor to the valley bottom: a Pygmy Owl. Given its preferences, this owl would prefer to go after irruptive birds. This week many irruptive birds, Bohemian Waxwings, arrived about a hundred metres from where the Pygmy Owl had been. The owl’s timing was a bit off.
When irrupting, Bohemian Waxwings travel in great numbers, a few hundred together. They find a staging tree next to a berry tree. From there, they travel in smaller numbers to feed on the berries.
A view of a quarter to a third of the birds await their turn in a staging tree.
A small group flies from the staging tree to feed on rowan berries (mountain ash).
The waxwings are voracious. Two of them have berries in their throats.
As the rowan berries hang below the twigs, the birds often often grab them upside down.
Here, one bird grabs a berry and another is about to.
Repositioning the berry.
Having swallowed a berry, a waxwing flies back to the staging tree.
Pictures two and three courtesy Cynthia Fraser.