|A waxwing in a sea of food.|
Hello scruffy bird, see anything you like?
In fact, I only saw one individual with the sleeker feathers and those funky red waxy deposits on its wing tips that mark older birds:
So this may not have been the fanciest group of waxwings ever, but these birds were a ton of fun to watch as they scarfed down as many cones as they could, as quickly as possible. And yeah, the juveniles could actually be pretty sleek, too:
Look, a waxwing tongue!
Speaking of tongues, there were a few other birds sampling Red Cedar cones today as well, including, to my surprise, a Northern Flicker -- I didn't think these birds ate fruit, but I guess they do! A few cones down, and then it licked its lips....
Now that's a tongue!!
I'll keep an eye on this tree to see what other creatures stop by for a snack. Hopefully there will be enough food to go around for a while yet!