I was very thrilled to see three of these birds hanging out in a nearby wild cherry tree just above the bird feeders last afternoon. They had not actually visited the feeders, but since they arrived on a counting day and were very close, I counted them.
I couldn't help but wonder if one of them was the bird I had saved several winters ago. It would be so cool if he had come back just to check out the scene of rescue.
The pictures are not the best (and I apologize) as they sat high above me, but I was so happy to see these waxwings, and they rarely stay very long, that I posted these photos anyway. They look like bandits and they behave like bandits. They arrive in large groups, wear masks, hang out for a short while and then disappear to somewhere else. Other than leaving juniper berry poop all over the ground (or ones car), I just love the waxy red and yellow tips on their feathers and their soft silky look and that sexy mysterious black mask.