The cedar waxwings and robins were pretty late this year. They usually start arriving around December, sometimes earlier, to start feeding on the pyracantha and other red berries. This year, lots of red berries but few or no robins and waxwings. I suspect because of the strange weather patterns this last fall and winter (hot when it should be cold, cold when it should be hot, lots of rain, sometimes hail).
Well, looks like they’re finally here:
I read your column this a.m. about the robins and waxwings (not being around). I have a small fountain in our backyard that the waxwings have been using for their morning bath. They showed up about a week ago, along with the robins. The cedar waxwings put on quite a show with their bath, makes me glad that we put the fountain in.
Dave Warren, San Francisco Bay Area, Feb. 23, 2011
This morning a flock of birds landed in one of my trees outside my kitchen window. There were approximately seven Robins and Cedar Waxwings sitting together and then flew off.
Liede-Marie, Walnut Creek, California, Feb. 22, 2011
Enjoy those red berries! /Gary