Photo from the National Audubon Society
I've had my share of wonderful birds at my feeder this year. All of the birds you would expect to see - cardinals, finches, titmice, sparrows, and woodpeckers.
I have lived here for three winters now, and never have I seen a cedar waxwing in the neighborhood - until last week.
My neighbor called and cautioned me that if I went outside I shouldn't be alarmed, but there was a huge flock of birds in one of my trees. Of course, I immediately went out to see what was going on!
There it was - not one cedar waxwing, but the whole flock! I estimate between 300-500 birds, and they stripped my holly tree of its berries within a 10 minute period. It was a cheerful sight for a dreary winter day.
Waxwings typically appear in flocks until later in the summer, when they do nest and breed here. They eat berries and insects.
By the way, a few of my favorite birds have been at my feeder - 3-4 male Red-winged Blackbirds. I love the songs they sing.
I need spring to be here!