Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cedar Waxwings

Milpitas CA, November 18, 2009
Early last Wednesday, my friend and colleague, Conrad, took a few photos of a flock of birds resting outside of our office window. Throughout the spring and summer, I’ve seen the odd house finch and a small murder of crows who hang around campus like college kids at the 7-11. However, I’d never seen quite a flock in the same tree at once.

These are Cedar Waxwings. You can tell by the crested head, the yellow feathers on their lower breasts and the yellow wing tips that look like bright drops of wax. My brother-in-law, Mark, who is an avid birder, identified the species for me. Perhaps they were gathering before migrating to a warmer place for the winter.

Often when these birds approach our windows, they act as if they are chasing away intruders as their reflections appear as intruders in their minds. We’ve heard some pretty solid thumps as some birds have flown into the glass, but no signs of injuries or deceased song birds on the decks outside of our windows.

The photo on the right is from this source

Copyright © 2009 David G. Kelly

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