Its always a special day if Jock sees a beautiful waxwing. These starling sized birds arrive from Scandinavia, 500 miles away, in October, staying till March. In some years he sees very few, and others will have loads! If there are lots, he knows the weather in Scandinavia is bad and they have eaten all the berries up there. They love rowan and cotoneaster berries.

Jock o' Bennachie

Jock Says: These little guys can eat 800-1000 berries a day, twice their body weight!

Keep your eyes peeled for hungry waxwings scoffing the autumn berries like these:

British Garden Birds: Waxwings

Learn more about Waxwings on the RSPB web site.

Photograph Credit Ron Macdonald
Photograph Credit Walter Burns

This is part of the Birds in Autumn information.