A few days ago, I noticed a large flock of birds, high up in the tree tops. Their chatter was very different from what I had been hearing all summer – a delightful, high-spirited zee. They flitted back and forth between the branches unable to sit still for very long. A small group flew to the next tree, followed by another little group. They were in constant motion. Before long, they were all gone.
I did not know who these winged visitors were until I uploaded the photos and zoomed in on them. The pictures may be a bit blurry but I was delighted to recognize them as Cedar Waxwings. You can see the yellow band at the tip of the tail and the red (“waxy”) tips on their wing feathers. The juveniles are softly streaked.
Apparently, they were resting a bit during their long flight from Canada to Central America and maybe catching a few insects or leftover wild cherries for a quick snack.
May their journey be swift and may they all reach their winter destination together. Thank you for the delightful afternoon entertainment.