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Flock of waxwings seen on Isle of Man

Local bird experts have been delighted by a rare sighting of a flock of waxwings on the Isle of Man.

It is thought the birds, which do not usually visit the island, have been forced to look further afield for food.

The flock of around 55 waxwings have been spotted feeding on berries on land along side Ramsey Bakery.

Director of Manx BirdLife, Chris Sharpe said: "It's well worth a trip out to find them although they will be moving around the island in search of food".


He added: "The waxwings are surprisingly tame."

Waxwings are slightly smaller than starlings and are most easily identified by the buff-red crests on top of their heads.

Spotting a waxwing

They have a black throat and masked eyes and yellow, reddish and white streaks in their wings with a dipped yellow tail.

Waxwings arrive in the UK in late autumn and early winter from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia.

The birds are normally seen in the north of the UK and on eastern coasts.

Flocks of waxwings can range in size from individual birds to many hundreds, but around 30 to 40 birds occurring in one place is most common.

They love berry-bearing shrubs, especially rowan trees.

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