|Bohemian Waxwing in the distant tree tops|
The population of Bohemian waxwings has exploded in the neighborhood since I first noticed their presence just before the New Year.
There are literally thousands of these beauties. They occupied every branch and treetop, and even the rooftops in the neighborhood. I love watching as they flock from tree to tree by some unseen command, and fly through the sky like a school of fish in the ocean.
|bits of fruit|
Evidence of their presence in the neighborhood was everywhere, as shown in the photo above; the little bits of fruit all over the snow covered ground.
|A whirlwind arrival|
However, you need not look for clues, as the waxwings are anything but quiet, unless there is a predator around. The more waxwings in the area, the further their high pitched voices travel. There were so many Bohemian Waxwings, I didn't know where to point the camera first.
Here they are eating the snow on the rooftops to satisfy their thirst.
They seemed to take turns landing on the rooftops to do so.
|The next wave|
|Satisfying their thirst|
But the slightest sound would have them take off again.
|On every branch|
Every once in a while they would fly off in smaller flocks in search of a nearby fruit tree to gorge themselves. Then they would return to a sort of communal watering hole again, the rooftops. They seem to choose a rooftop that is relatively safe, one surrounded by trees for an easy and quick retreat or escape. In the photo above a large flock of Bohemians had landed in a tree close to a roof. Every branch of the tree was occupied, with the exception of the lowest branches, it was a grand sight to behold.
|Blue Jay below the waxings|