January 31, 2023
I moved my fountain to the edge of the covered patio this winter, to relieve myself of the almost daily task of cleaning up the crepe myrtle litter during the summer. Another upside is that now I can watch the birds in the fountain from my office window.
A few days ago I saw several cedar waxwings lined up along the rim and sunk down to drink. Hunting all those berries is hard work!
I took pictures through my window (glass and screen), so they are not crisp. But I was happy to manipulate the birds without fearing them. Cedar waxwings are sleek beautiful birds with smooth gray feathers, black mask, yellow rump and red streaks on their wings.
The water cooler gang appeared to be part of a backyard cedar waxwing convention. I looked out the kitchen window and saw fluttering confetti swirling in the air — dozens, maybe a hundred wax wings! Through my binoculars I could see birds landing in a tree on the other side of our fence and diving into a hole. Aha! That hollow holds water from a recent drizzle—a natural birdbath.
It’s probably a mosquito incubator in the summer, dang it. But I’m glad to know wildlife like these visiting birds have water sources I didn’t know — and up a tree, to boot!
Come back anytime, my feathered friends.
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