Waxwings do not breed in the UK, but are winter visitors from October to March, coming in larger numbers known as irruptions in some years when the population on its breeding grounds gets too big for the food available.
There are three subspecies of the Waxwings which visit the UK. These come from:
- Scandianvia and western Siberia
- Central and eastern Asia
- Northern North America
The first British arrivals each winter are usually seen on the east coast from Scotland to East Anglia, but birds move inland in search of food, increasing the chances of seeing one inland. They eat berries, particularly from rowan and hawthorn trees and bushes, but also cotoneaster and rose.