Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cedar waxwing

I spent a couple of hours today picking blackberries with my neighbors (who made incredible jam in return). In early July, I spotted a couple of cedar waxwings in some evergreens on my usual dog walk. I didn't see them again until today. They weren't happy that humans were spending so much time in their blackberry area.

I heard them but would see them swoop down over the berry thicket, then back up high in the trees. When I photographed one today, he was munching on a pinecone. Cedar waxwings are in western Washington pretty much year-round. I saw a pair in one of the cherry trees on our street last summer, so it was fun seeing them more. They are beautiful birds and really do look like they're carved out of wax.

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