Monday, September 03, 2007

Cedar Waxwings

Every summer around July the cedar waxwings visit the cascara trees in Petunia's Garden to munch on the ripening berries (Rhamnus purshiana - the native cascara in the NW). We know they are here by their distinctive call and all the fluttering in the trees. After the choice berries are gone, so are they. This year, they are still here! They are very social birds and I never see just one. After their evening snack yesterday, here they are sunning themselves way up high in the Homesteading neighbor's tree. This photo is on maximum digital zoom and not the clearest, but you get the idea.

See this link to my photo of the berries.
See this link for a web photo of this beautiful bird. You can see how they could glow in the evening sunlight.
See the bottom photo of this post for a view of the micro cascara flowers loved by the bees.


Bob said...

I don't think I've seen so many waxwing on one tree before. How beautiful. They are really great birds.
Thanks for sharing the Picture and info. all the best, BOB

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What a great pic of so many waxwings in one tree. They look very cozy together. I haven't heard of the waxwing before so I have to look that one up. Fortunately Google is my friend. ;-)

At Bliss we have lots to harvest and enjoy from the kitchen garden.

Frankie @ Veg Plot said...

Oooh - Spouse is very envious! We don't get these in the UK