We had heard of a Waxwing being seen in Selfoss and when one appeared in our garden on February 1st we had actually been waiting for it. The Waxwing has now been with us for about five weeks much to our delight. This beautiful bird is in competition with the other birds that occupy our garden, i.e. Starlings, Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds, and the Waxwing does not give in easily. Apples is the item on the menu that they all crave, as well as the sunflower seeds, so there is sometimes a lot of commotion.
The Waxwing is a vagrant in Iceland and this one probably came to to the country in the autumn from Scandinavia. Waxwings have been known to breed on and off in the last few summers in North and Northeast Iceland.