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January 17, 2016

Bohemian Waxwings are colourful northern wanderers that add a touch of exotic colour to our Kootenay winters. Waxwings often fly as a flock from a high perch to a berry bush. Each bird then grabs a berry and as part of a flock flies back to the high perch. Waves of birds travel between high perch and berry bush making it harder for predators to zero in one one bird. They often feed on rosehips and mountain ash berries: colourful birds on red berries in a white, snowy landscape.

Waxwings also go “hawking” for midges and other flying insects active on mild winter days. It is a welcome reminder of spring to watch Bohemian Waxwings feeding in these mid-winter days.

Photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2016.  Visit to buy some of these photos.

  1. Stunning birds and beautiful images!

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