The Bohemian Waxwing is a passerine bird that breeds in the northern
forests of Eurasia and North America. It has mainly buff-grey plumage,
black face markings and a pointed crest. Its wings are patterned white
and bright yellow, and some feather tips have the red waxy appearance
that give this species its English name. Its breeding habitat is
coniferous forests, usually near water. The pair build a lined cup-
shaped nest in a tree or bush for a clutch of 3–7 eggs, incubated by
the female alone for 13–14 days. Many birds desert their nesting
range in winter and migrate further south. Large numbers of Bohemian
Waxwings sometimes travel well beyond their normal winter range in
search of the fruit that makes up most of their diet. Waxwings can be
very tame in winter, entering towns and gardens in search of food, rowan
berries being a particular favourite. They can metabolise alcohol
produced in fermenting fruit, but can still become intoxicated,
sometimes fatally. The Bohemian Waxwing’s high numbers and very large
breeding area mean that it is classified as being of Least Concern by
the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Bayinnaung, who later assembled the largest empire in the
history of Southeast Asia, was crowned king of the Burmese Taungoo
Mission Santa Clara de Asís (pictured), a Spanish mission that
formed the basis of both the city of Santa Clara, California and Santa
Clara University, was established.
The University of the Philippines College of Law was founded,
eventually graduating many of the leading Filipino political figures
Rebels led by John Okello overthrew Sultan Jamshid bin
Abdullah, ending 200 years of Arab dominance in Zanzibar.
A 7.0 Mw earthquake struck Haiti, affecting an estimated three
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
heave in sight:
(nautical) To appear at a distance, to emerge in the field of vision.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society;
and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under
the suspicion of being no policy at all.
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