I continue enjoying visits from the wintering Cedar Waxwings, Bombycilla cedrorum. An afternoon or two ago, I observed as they laid waste the berries on a neighbor’s Possumhaw holly, Ilex decidua, and wondered at that time why they hadn’t descended upon and devoured the berries on my Burford holly, Ilex cornuta, shrubs.
I wondered too soon.
A gaggle of waxwings found the shrubs and went to work–flitting, flapping, berries in beaks.
I assume waxwings ate the few berries that were on my Possumhaw–someone did– though I never actually saw any in that tree. The Burford holly shrubs are located in a more easily viewed spot. It was quite a show.
This one looked straight at me as he gulped a fruit, though probably didn’t see me. I was well hidden in another corner of the garden.
There are plenty of berries remaining; I wonder if they’ll return before they make their way northward?
The shrubs are also now blooming their tiny white flowers and the honeybees and hoverflies are at their pollination work.
There’s never a dull moment in the garden.