4 and 20 waxwings, in from the sky
WINTER’S FIRST FLOCK OF CEDAR WAXWINGS took on fall’s remaining supply of crabapples yesterday. Guess who won? (Me, cause I got to watch.) I got an even better view when they came to drink at the frogpond just out back this morning. Jack the Demon Cat, by the way, is a birdwatcher, too. The proof:
He is for good reason not allowed outdoors during daylight hours unsupervised. But he’s content these days to watch Cat Network TV–kind of like the Discovery Channel, you know?–through the windows and glass doors pretty much all day, or at least between naps.
Learn more about these beautiful birds, who love offseason fruit in the garden, like hollies and crabapples and also including the Eastern red cedar’s fruits (Juniperus virginiana), from which they get part of their name. I have a giant such tree in my front yard; I know what birds like.
By the way, that red thing in the pool up top is a floating pond de-icer, so the frogboys don’t suffocate and the birds can drink all winter. And sorry about photo quality; had to shoot through glass from a distance before they fled. If you click the top image it will open up a little bigger and brighter (true of all photos on the blog).