These happy birds
come daily to dine on the Holly Berry Tree. These birds are fast flitters, they don't sit long or still and I was really meaning to be unpacking boxes so I didn't dedicate too much time to photos, but like many opportunities in life, it is one of those seasonal events that will suddenly be over.
A blogger in Texas who calls herself Wayside Wanderer, her name inspired by this quote she shares: Never lose the opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I remember the first time these feasters got my attention.
When we first moved to this house in the late eighties, one fall day I pulled into the driveway and saw that the Holly tree, much smaller then, was bouncing with 30 or 40 birds. The crested head, black mask and yellow belly helped me to identify them.
They are Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) and once they have systematically eaten all the berries ( they start at the top of the tree and work their way down) I probably won't see them around here.
The Audubon description of the bird mentions that they have a yellow terminal tail band and this little fellow turned around and showed me that he does indeed have such a band.
Audubon also says that berries are their main food source in winter, but they revert to fly catching in milder seasons. No flies on the menu this week...they are drunk with bright red berry juice.