Last Waxwings of Winter

I was walking through my kitchen the other day and happened to glance out the window just in time to see several birds swoop in and land in the backyard branches.  Sure enough, a handful of Cedar Waxwings had descended to soak in the sun.

Of course, as soon as I saw them my mind immediately forgot what I was suppose to be doing (I later remembered to feed the dogs their dinner!) and I quickly reached for the camera. After all, this might be the last chance of the winter to take Waxwing pictures.

The air was downright chilly, and a couple of them poofed themselves up for added insulation, making them look like fat little feather balls.

I think one of the reasons I love Waxwings so much, besides their bandit-style beauty, is because they seem to get along with each other so well.  They tend to show up in a large group (which is called an “ear-full” or a “museum”, by the way) and yet I’ve never seen them fussing or fighting with one another.  They share a sweet sense of community.

Waxwings are prolific berry eaters and can strip a tree clean before you know it.  On occasion, they have been known for “FWI” (yep – flying while intoxicated!) because they chose to eat fermented berries!

I forgot to mention in my last post that my daughter and I brought home a souvenir from our mother-daughter get away – a jeep covered in Waxwing poop!  We made the mistake of parking under some sort of berry tree on our last stop of the journey and Earl ended up a speckled mess.  We tried to stop at a gas station and clean the windshield, but all the squeegees were frozen!  Ah well…I guess prolific berry eaters would have to also be prolific poopers!

I hope these birds keep showing up as spring rolls around, but just in case they leave with the season, here’s one last picture from winter. 🙂


19 thoughts on “Last Waxwings of Winter

  1. Nature was very stylized to create this species. They are so cool! Great shots Kathy! 🙂

  2. that’s some really detailed photography work. I love how you can see every little line of the feathers. ~Morgan

  3. I like the whole ear-ful of your bandits 🙂 Beautiful shots, Kathy! We had Waxwings in our backyard when I was a child, but haven’t seen them much since.

  4. I don’t know where you are but I’m in NC and have a farm full of mulberry trees heavy with berries in spring. Each year, waxwings swoop in to the tree outside my office window and have a feast. I think it’s interesting that they go for the sweetest fruit first. For some reason, the fruit on that tree is always the best. After clearing it of ripe fruit, they swoop off to the other trees. For dessert I suppose. I’m surprised you’re photos are of them in winter. I thought things flew south for the winter. Do these stay up where it’s cold?

    1. I am just outside of Atlanta, in North Georgia, so we still have some berries for them to munch on. Not sure how much longer they will stick around, but I will enjoy them while they are here. Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

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