On their journey

Every spring, a flock of cedar waxwings stop by to feast on holly berries in our neighborhood.  They are sociable birds, feeding cooperatively and often seen sitting together, lined up on tree branches early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  After a few days, when the berries have been plucked from the bushes, the waxwings continue their nomadic journey in search of other food.

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”  ~ Izaak Walton

Signs of spring all around

A recent leisurely walk in a wooded park on a warm, sunny afternoon revealed ample evidence that springtime is finally here.

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want — oh you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain

Cedar waxwings

For the past several days, a small flock of cedar waxwings have been sunning themselves in the bushes in our back yard in the late afternoon.  They seem to want to soak up every bit of sunshine that they can before the sun sets and the temperature drops.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens

Cedar Waxwing

It is always a joy to catch a glimpse of the Cedar Waxwings when they wander into our area searching for berries.  Their high pitched whistle, as they call back and forth to one another, usually gives their presence away.

“I love berries.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, anything with an ‘errie’ in it!”  ~Jordin Sparks

Feeding flock

Earlier today, a flock of American robins mixed with cedar waxwings descended upon the holly trees in our front yard.  They systematically harvested the berries and then quickly moved on to their next destination.  What a treat to watch these beautiful birds in action!