The Flavor of February: An Unexpected Flash Mob

I walked outside to get the mail yesterday afternoon and encountered an unexpected flash mob!

A mob of Cedar Waxwings (they’re really called an “ear-full” or a “museum”) was swarming the three front yard Holly bushes, scarfing down the berries. For a few moments I was engulfed in a cloud of frenzied flashing wings.

I stood there mesmerized for a bit and then hurried in to grab my camera. Having made quick work of the berries, these masked bandits were already darting to the treetops by the time I returned, but I managed to capture a few stragglers.

The dim lighting and the drizzle made it hard to get a decent photo. But honestly, I was happy to get any photos at all since these fellows are not frequent visitors to my yard.

I am hoping they will come back on a brighter day (sunny with some cloud cover) and pause and pose in a perfect picture taking spot. Maybe even a whole mob of them.  Hey, a girl can hope, right?

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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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24 Responses to The Flavor of February: An Unexpected Flash Mob

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    They have really beautiful colouring!

  2. Mama Cormier says:

    Wonderful captures. I love the little red detail on the tips of their wings.

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Aren’t they just the prettiest things!? Being called an “ear-full” must mean they’re kind’a loud in a flock, I suppose?

  4. Mary says:

    I adore these birds – beautiful photos.

  5. Jill Kuhn says:

    I think you captured them well in these photos!! Wow!! ❤️

  6. Beautiful birds

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  7. Mags says:

    Amazing photos of those beautiful birds. Hugs

  8. lindasschaub says:

    Beautiful – I’ve never seen Cedar Waxwings in person, just in photos.

  9. pamkirst2014 says:

    Gorgeous, Kathy! I just read a book called THE GENIUS OF BIRDS, and I thought of you and your flashmobs!

  10. H.J. for avian101 says:

    What a beautiful bird and your pictures are just perfect Kathy. Send this guy to my backyard please! 🙂

  11. Tiny says:

    Beautiful shots despite the weather, Kathy! I miss seeing Waxwings (we always had then in our yard, thank you!

  12. Tiny says:

    Sorry, ‘fast-finger’ in action. I was going to say we had them in our yard when I was a child. Now I never see them…

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