So this morning, there was a flock of Cedar Waxwings in my elm tree – probably close to 50!  They appeared to be feeding from the neighbor’s crepe myrtle and our cedar trees.  I love these birds and it’s so rare that I see them; and definitely not in these numbers.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) [Photo from the Internet Bird Collection –
Also this year I have a pair of American Robins.  Those are pretty rare in Austin as well.  I had some in 2011 and they appear to be back.  The newspaper did an article then about how their sightings were more common for some unknown reason – climate change?

American Robin
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) [Photo from the Internet Bird Collection –
I’ve got heaps of blue jays – I counted nine this morning – and the pair of wood peckers is still around and nesting in the neighbor’s telephone pole, I think.  It’s been very cold – 27F/-2.7C this morning – which is probably why they’re draining my feeders quite rapidly.  The hot pepper suet cakes seem to be hot commodity which the squirrels stay away from.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. plumdirt says:

    I love Cedar Waxwings! I have yet to see any around here. Fifty!? I wonder if you’ve made it onto their migratory route.

    1. I’d never seen anything like it – this whirlwind of birds that would move from one tree to the next… They were here for about 30 minutes then moved east. Hopefully they’ll come back.

      1. plumdirt says:

        How fortunate you were home and looking!

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