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Cedar waxwings & robins are finally here

By Gary Bogue
Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 8:03 am in Birds, Cedar waxwings, Pyracantha berries, Robins.

Cedar waxwing. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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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:

Robin eating pyracantha berries. Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA
robin jim kardos wc

Gary:
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

Gary:
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

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One Response to “Cedar waxwings & robins are finally here”

  1. Cedar Park Pest Control Says:

    Robins are a joy to watch. I always leave some berries out in my garden to lure them. Fantastic photos, specially the one by Jim Kardos. Wish I could shoot as well as you.

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