Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hundreds of Bohemian Waxwings in a Lumsden berry bush

Bohemian Waxwing  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Bohemian Waxwing    © SB 
Driving through Lumsden, SK, we saw and heard a large flock of Bohemian Waxwings whistling from tree to tree across the highway and up the hill.

When we stopped, we noticed a small bush covered in red berries — and Bohemian Waxwings — that seemed to be the source of their excitement.

I hiked through the snow to get better light on these birds. The day was mild enough that I'd have been happy to sit and watch them until they moved on, but traffic increased, and it was time to go, so we drove on.

It would be fun to have these birds in my backyard, but for that, I suppose I'd have to have a food supply, and from what I've read of Waxwings, they go through berry-laden bushes fairly quickly.

It was a pleasure to see these birds, with their soft, breathy zhee-zhee songs. (I've seen Bohemian Waxwings before near Muenster, SK, but never hundreds together at one time.)

Bohemian Waxwing  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Bohemian Waxwing   © SB

Bohemian Waxwings  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
A tiny part of the flock of Bohemian Waxwings. © SB

What are these? Bohemian Waxwings.  
Location: Lumsden, Saskatchewan
Photo dates: January 21, 2016. 


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