Glorious! and so special. We see the waxwings from time to time, but when they come through, they linger only long enough to eat whatever they can find, and then they’re gone. They’re greedy little birds, and usually can strip a tree of its berries pretty quickly. But they’re so handsome.
They are known for traveling (or living too, I suppose) in big flocks. Since they like these berries there is a very large food supply for them. There are over a hundred of these trees in a half mile section of that hillside. The berries are not all that bad tasting, although they are seedy. I eat quite a few of them myself every fall.
This was the first really good chance that I’ve had to photograph them and I got about a dozen nice photos today. They are beautiful and pleasant birds and I enjoy having them around. Those are excellent berries for these birds and very plentiful.
great images. I’d love to get a few myself but not many of them hang out in my neck of the woods. Mostly woodpeckers for me this time and year and they are very good at staying on the back side of the tree.
These guys seem to realize that they have a pretty good place to hang out among all of the Hawthorns. Lots of food and protection provided by the thorns. We still have a good population of woodpeckers, Downys and Flickers. Also the ever-loyal Chickadees and Juncos.
It is my goal this winter to capture the elusive birds in and around my little cabin. I know there are a few Juncos and Chickadees but they stick close to the neighbours feeders. This time of year the woods seem very quite with all the summer birds gone.
I used to put bird seed out, but found that they greatly prefer sunflower seeds, and so I put some of those out every morning for the birds and chipmunks. Soon the chipmunks will be sleeping and that will leave more for the birds. I think it really helps them when the weather is really cold and the snow is deep. Chickadees especially become quite friendly.
Waxwings are the perfect bird. Thought I saw a few in a tree along the creek last week, but couldn’t focus on them. I’ll have to take the binoculars even on a casual walk. They do sometimes pose perfectly.
Thanks Teresa. They are quiet little birds but very pleasant and graceful. Their colors are a little brighter during breeding season. I’m glad that they like those berries because they are so plentiful.