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.