Every Spring, dozens of Cedar Waxwings invade our back field in Hamburg, NY, aiming primarily for the just-blooming but still practically leafless old apple trees. They seem to have arrived this afternoon; I was out back with a couple of gifted-amateur botanists who were looking at our rather rare native wild plum trees when I heard the Waxwings’ distinctive, soft little see see noise. Sure enough, there were four in one of the apple trees, & later, the whole crowd had arrived, & they were everywhere. The Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum_) is a delightful bird, but they are just passing through at the moment, headed for places like Muskoka Region north of Toronto where they spend their summers hawking bugs over lakes & waterways, & eating berries & other tasty sweet morsels. I look for them here every year. More about them can be found hereWaxwing . They have a little hat like a Tufted Titmouse or a Cardinal, but while they’re picking away at the trees, it is usually flattened.
29 April 2010