Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Waxwing Encore

The cedar waxwings are back today, in a lull between snowy days, their clean lines crisp against the white backdrop. They are landing on the crabapple tree by the dozens at a time and picking at the fruit - although more accurately, they are mostly knocking the crabapples off the tree. The crabapples show up crimson on the new snow, where other waxwings land to feast on them, pecking at them or eating them whole. In a short period, the birds have cleaned off the upper branches farthest from the house, leaving stems bristling on the branches; it will be nearly spring before the lowest branches next to the house are stripped.

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