Birdwatchers flock to Chilwell as 300 bohemian waxwings gather
BIRD-WATCHERS flocked to Chilwell to see a Scandinavian bird over the weekend.
About 300 bohemian waxwings descended on the corner of Ranson Road and Nottingham Road, close to Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Dozens of people, many with cameras, gathered to catch a glimpse of the birds, which feast on rowan berries and migrate to Britain when their supplies run low.
Neil Glenn, of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, said: "They like petrol station and supermarket forecourts because they plant all these rowan trees.
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"They are called waxwings because the berries that they eat turn keratin into little red tips to their wings.
And they are called bohemian because they just roam around. Once they've eaten all the berries, they will move on.
"They are renowned as one of the best birds in Britain so when they come people always go to see them. No matter how many waxwings bird-watchers have seen they always go again."