Around 20 years ago when I planted a row of Bradford pear trees in front of my house, I thought I liked them. Now I’m thinking of replacing them, even though I still like them – occasionally. Those occasions are the 2 days in the spring while they bloom (OK, maybe it’s 3 days,) the week or so in the fall while they turn a beautiful red/purple/orange before dropping their leaves, and finally whenever the Cedar Waxwings show up to eat the berries. I still want to replace the trees, but it will have to be with something (native) that will continue to feed the Cedar Waxwings (wonder about Serviceberry.) This fall the arrival of these lovely birds coincided with the fall color of the leaves – reducing my time of appreciation for my Bradford pear trees. (Click on the photos for a larger view.)
We hadn’t seen Cedar Waxwings around our neighborhood for about a week. In the past they’ve passed through, hanging around for a week or so, and then disappearing until next year. They’ve been party (along with many other species of birds) to consuming the berries on our Bradford pears, and since these berries appear to be gone now, I thought the Cedar Waxwings were gone for the winter as well. However, while trying to photograph a pair of Red-wing Blackbirds that I had spotted earlier, I happened across this (unusually) lone cedar waxwing in some underbrush in our vacant lot next door.
We enjoyed the Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) cavorting in our trees yesterday, with a lot of action seen out our living room picture window. The Waxwings were joined by robins, starlings and grackles feasting on the Bradford pear berries, with a yellow-bellied sapsucker (I think!) scurring up and down the trunks. Chickadees, titmouses, and nuthatches were on the feeders, while mourning doves scoured the ground underneath. Here is one of the Cedar Waxwings.
A bit off the topic of wildflowers, but we were real happy to see Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) returning to our Bradford pear trees to eat the berries. It has been nearly two years since we’ve seen them in our neighborhood. They were a bit more shy than when the large flock was here in December, 2008. This one was cocking his head listening to the shutter noise from my camera.
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