Berry Picking Birds

I’d be curious to know the species of this flock of birds that swarmed all over this berry producing tree. I don’t know the tree variety either. What a dolt! LOL Liz saved the day again. They are cedar waxwings. Thanks Liz.

Thanks to Carolyn Leonard for identifying the berries as Oregon Grapes which are the state flower as well.

A treat to find in your binocular viewfield, the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.

Birds & Berries #1


4 thoughts on “Berry Picking Birds

  1. You are a born birder. I will supply you with glasses and a book and go forth and bird! You will be in good company. My books do not cover the west coast, but there are websites. Good them. If you know the general size (can’ tell from the picture) and type of bird, you can find it. The plant? That’s harder.

  2. The bushes are Oregon Grape. Native to here. I have a lot of them in my backyard. The berries are safe for humans too. I never use them cuz the birds love them so much!

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