Waxwing have a soft silky plumage. They have unique red tips to some of their wing feathers which looks like sealing wax and gives the birds their name.
Their main food is fruit. They are winter visitors and do not breed in the UK.
They are a beautifully marked bird.
Baron's Haugh, Motherwell
The pair of Mute Swans who had built their nest a few weeks ago were both together with the female sitting on the nest. she kept moving around and we thought that she may be about to lay an egg shortly. However, the male soon left the vicinity of the nest to swim into the Haugh. The female then started collecting more reeds and made some alterations to the living quarters.
|Nesting Mute Swans|
|Cormorant and Common Sandpiper (Click to enlarge)|
Only two of the injured Whooper swans could be seen on the River Clyde but they had been joined by a Mute Swan. It may be that the other Whooper Swan was able to fly back to Iceland and there was no sign of it anywhere on the river.
Looks like summer is around the corner.
Baron's Haugh is an RSPB reserve in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.