January 4, 2011
of seldom-seen birds causes a flap in Berrow
sighting of a flock of seldom-seen birds has caused a flap among
twitchers in Berrow this week.
A dozen Waxwing were spotted on the outkirts of the village on
Monday (January 3rd).
The plump bird, which is slightly smaller than a starling, has
a prominent reddish-brown crest and yellow and white colouring
in its wings and a yellow-tipped tail.
James Packer, who took this photo in Berrow on Monday, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There's been a big influx of the birds into the country
recently, but these are the first that have been seen in Burnham
or Berrow this winter."
The RSPB notes on its website
that the birds are normally seen along the east coast, from Scotland
to East Anglia, although they do sometimes move inland in search
of food during harsh winters.
Pictured above is one of the Waxwing which was spotted in
Berrow this week (Pic: James