I saw a flock of birds in the trees near the river on Monday. I knew they weren’t the robins we seem to have so many more of during winter now, but I couldn’t identify them until I was able to crop the photo at home.
cedar (Bohemian) waxwings, my favourite bird. I suspected it when I saw the crest profile and was certain once I saw the yellow at the tips of some of the bird’s tails.
Cornell says they’re “one of the most frugivorous birds in North America.” In fact, it can survive on a diet of only fruit for several months, but fermented fruit can kill it (alcohol poisoning).
Waxwings are found year-round in our area.