The phone rang. A colleague upstairs called to see if I’d seen the flocks of cedar waxwings sweeping and swirling from tree to tree around the office grounds and adjacent campus. The birds moved almost as one; stripping the hollies of their berries and continually finding new places to roost. Waxwings are beautiful birds with their masks and crests. Look closely and you can see accents of bright yellow and pink in tips of their wings and tails.

TREEFULL - Birds outnumber blooms on the branches of this tulip tree.
TREEFULL –  Masked birds outnumber blooms on the branches of this tulip tree.
DOWN -- Injured waxwing seeks rest in the grass.
DOWN — Injured waxwing rests in the grass. He fell in a sort of spiraling flat spin like an autumn leaf. Perhaps he was dazed after a collision? Sadly, an hour later, his head tipped forward. His beak to the ground, he expired.
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7 thoughts on “The waxwing tree

  1. We don’t get to see a lot of Waxwings here in New Hampshire, but I do notice them when they’re around. Beautiful birds. Too bad about the one in the second photo!

    1. Thanks for coming by to visit. I don’t recall seeing back in northern NJ, but in the ‘burbs pretty much all you see (and hear) are robins and blue jays.

      It was sad to see him pass. I had hoped he was just recovering from having the wind knocked out of him and would be up and around.

    2. Thanks for coming by to visit. I don’t recall seeing back in northern NJ, but in the ‘burbs pretty much all you see (and hear) are robins and blue jays.

      It was sad to see him pass. I had hoped he was just recovering from having the wind knocked out of him and would be up and around.

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