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Rare Scandinavian waxwings unusually spotted in inland, southern England

Rare Scandinavian waxwings, usually spotted in the north, surprise in the Home Counties. Photographer Stephen Dean captures their vibrant presence in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.
Scandinavian Waxwings are spotted eating berries in the garden of amateur photographer Stephen Dean in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.
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Rare Scandinavian waxwings have been spotted in Home Counties.

The colourful birds have been known to fly to the UK looking for berries in winter.

But they are usually only spotted in the north and east and in coastal areas.

Yet Amateur photographer Stephen Dean was lucky enough to spot them in his garden in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.

He said: “The significance of seeing waxwings is that they are seasonal visitors over the winter.

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Scandinavian Waxwings are spotted eating berries in the garden of amateur photographer Stephen Dean in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.
Scandinavian Waxwings are spotted eating berries. (Picture: Jam Press)

“And every few years we get a huge number come over from Scandinavia, called an irruption.

“This is one such year and so there have been loads moving around the country feeding on berries.“

Stephen added: “I was pretty excited to see them as waxwings are a species I’d always hoped to see but never had until now.

Scandinavian Waxwings are spotted eating berries in the garden of amateur photographer Stephen Dean in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.
Scandinavian Waxwing. (Picture: Jam Press)

“They only visited for about a week and then moved on after the berries in the trees in my garden had been eaten.”

Waxwings were seen in Poole, Dorset this week attracting the attention of twitchers.

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