Another Word About Waxwings

For the past several days, I have looked out my kitchen window to see a flock of Cedar Waxwings congregating in the backyard.  This, of course, leads me to drop whatever I am doing, pick up my camera, and run (do not pass go, do not collect $200, just run) to the deck.

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Many times, what leads me to look out the window in the first place is the sound of a bunch of Robins squeaking and squawking.  I have found (at least in my neck of the woods) that these two types of birds tend to travel together in the winter months, so the sound of the Robins has become my signal to search for the Waxwings.

Here they are enjoying a drink from the birdbath that I had just refreshed.

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When I see the Robin in their midst, I can hear the old Sesame Street song echoing in the recesses of my mind…“One of these things is not like the others.”

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May I just say that if ever there was a bird suited to live in a commune, it is the Cedar Waxwing.  These guys always hang out together.  They sit side by side on the branches; they drink and bathe at the same time; they’ve even been known to pass a berry from one beak to the next.

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They fascinate me, and never fail to make me smile.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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13 Responses to Another Word About Waxwings

  1. avian101 says:

    They are beautiful birds and your captures are terrific! 🙂

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Wow Kathy! How blessed you are to have these little visitors, they look so stunning in their beautiful jackets and their silky smooth waxy texture. Thanks for sharing, your pics are always a delight to me!

  3. kathydoremus says:

    I think I could watch them all day and not grow a bit bored! 🙂

  4. Absolutely amazing! Your backyard must be like a taste of heaven 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    simply awesome photos!

  6. More amazing photos of these delightful birds!! Enjoy your special visitors. I appreciated your insight into their behavior, too.

  7. What a beautiful photos!

  8. So beautiful and wonderful! I’d be running too!!!!!! 🙂

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