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Rare Bird Sightings
December 2005
by Steve Botham and Dean Eades

Waxwing - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:
Photo: Steve Botham

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This Waxwing was one of 20 spotted on the 18th December at Tetney Loch in Lincolnshire. 

So far this winter period 1800 have been recorded across the UK. Waxwings breed in the northern parts of the coniferous belt, often in remote, lichen-rich, mature forest in damp, mossy terrain. Sometimes flocks move south in winter, reaching Europe, when they are often seen eating rowan berries in gardens and suburban roads.

Iceland Gull - Photo  Copyright 2005 Dean Eades

This juvenile Iceland Gull was spotted by Dean Eades at on 17th December at Grimsby in Lincolnshire. The Iceland Gull is a rare winter visitor. Less than 100 of these birds arrive in the UK each winter, and most are seen singly like this one.

Iceland Gull - Photo  Copyright 2005 Dean Eades

The Iceland Gull has a wingspan up to 160cms. The wings are a very pale grey-white colour and it sometimes referred to as the 'white-winged gull'.

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