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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Winter berries

A couple of days ago, a large flock of robins and waxwings found a tree full of berries in our yard: 

Male American Robin (Turdus migratorius) — note the dark feathers on the head, and compare them to the female's paler head feathers (below):

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) I liked how the yellow band at the tip of the tail blended in with the leaves. 

The activity also attracted another visitor that was interested in the berries:

Female Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) — females lack a red stripe on the face (while males have a red stripe).


John W. Wall said...

I love that the waxwing appears to be wearing sunglasses.

Jackie Sones said...

Hi, John!

That's a good description! Cedar Waxwings exude coolness, so sunglasses would be appropriate. :)