Thursday, February 11, 2016

Waxing Beautifully

The nights have been unusually cold this week with just a a little snow and a little hail.  This morning as I was finishing the last of my coffee and being thankful for not have to venture outside in the 30 degree weather a flurry of wings and shadows crossed the deck at the bird bath.

 I was very excited to see waxwings in with the flock of robins.  I rarely see them down this low.  They usually hang high in the tops of the trees like sooty colored cotton balls and I cannot identify them without my binoculars.  In the above photo the waxwing clearly is confused about the dish of birdseed.


In the photo below the waxwing is looking at me as if wondering what on earth I am thinking putting out seeds and nuts!


These birds  are so exotic with their masks, dash of yellow on the tail tip and red wax on the tips of their wings!



Maybe you remember reading my blog post about saving a waxwing's life one very nasty winter.  If not go here and here

7 comments:

joeh said...

One of my favorites those little bandits. They used to invade a nasty thorny berry bush we had years ago, only stayed a few days. They landed and took off in mass much like a school of fish.

Bob Bushell said...

My favourite, the Waxwings. Love them.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Never seen them before- Great close-ups!

Red said...

It's not very often that there are reports of waxwings at feeders. I've seen very few here this winter but there's lots of food for them in other areas.

ellen abbott said...

I never saw them when I lived in the city. Well, maybe once. But out here we get them in flocks as they migrate through. They like the berries of the red tip photinias in the front and on the side of the house.

messymimi said...

Lovely birds, but what do they expect to find in feeders?

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, lucky you! Cedar waxwings are among my favorite birds. They are so beautiful and yet so elusive, that seeing that beauty is a true gift.