Today was absolutely gorgeous. When I got home and let the dogs out I decided that we would stay home instead of driving to the park to take a walk. It was about 60 degrees, the sun was shining, and the dogs were all about playing outside. After about 30 minutes in the yard we came inside so that I could finish a few things on my to-do list. Once I made the dogs their Kongs for later in the evening and fed the cat Navan was read to go back outside.
As I opened the sliding glass back door and stepped outside I heard a bird song that I wasn’t familiar with. It was a high-pitched call and it sounded like there were lots of birds calling back and forth. I’m a bit of an amateur birder so I scanned the trees, looking for the origin of the sound. In the back of the yard I spotted a flock of birds, way at the top of the trees. They were light in color, unusual for my normal backyard birds. It was clear they were not starlings or red-winged blackbirds.
Then I realized what they were. No way, I thought. Cedar waxings? I’ve been trying to see cedar waxwings for two or three years but I’ve never spotted them. Once I thought I saw one at the park but it was too far away to be sure and I did not get a clear photo. After that incident another birder told me that once I heard a cedar waxwing call I would never forget it. After today, I agree with that birder!
I rushed back inside and grabbed my camera and scope. The flock of birds was at the top of the trees so I needed to use my long lens and the scope to be sure that I was actually seeing cedar waxwings. The din of bird song was even louder when I made my way back outside. One look through the scope confirmed my suspicion- cedar waxwings!
There must have been 50 or 60 birds flitting back and forth in the trees and I must have taken 500 photos. They were just slightly out of range but I did get some good shots. And more importantly, I added a new yard bird to my list!