I was determined to get some closer shots of the Bohemian waxwings flocking in my neighborhood this week. I was also hoping to catch some of their clownish antics in addition to their beautiful coloring. I spotted them almost immediately in the same location as last time, but this time I followed their flight into a part of the neighborhood I have never been.
I was astonished by the sheer number of mountain ash trees here. There was at least half a dozen healthy trees, containing an abundance of fruit, within an area containing only three or four yards. There was also plenty of shelter; places that the birds could escape to in the event of the arrival of a predator.
|This feeder is mine:)|
|Bohemian waxwing scarfing it down|
However these waxwings were not the only creatures enjoying the abundance in this tiny area of the neighborhood.
|House sparrow female|
The biggest surprise of the day, however, were the Pine Grosbeaks that I spotted among the Bohemian waxwings.
I only spotted the Pine Grosbeaks, because one of the males was singing a most delightful and unique song.
|Two female Pine Grosbeaks|
The Pine Grosbeaks were not eating the fruit. They were after seed and unopened buds at the end of branches, which didn't grow last year.
|Pine Grosbeak female|
|Female nibbling on a seed|
|Pine Grosbeak male|
|Male Grosbeak taking flight|
The Grosbeaks are very shy. I would have loved to get a closer view and photo. I'm hoping to see them again soon for another photographic opportunity.