Seems every year we get a varied mixture of birds to our backyard birdfeeders. With the house for sale, all we've had up since later winter is a Nyger feeder for the finches and a sunflower feeder for everyone else. If we have to stay here much longer, you can bet I'll be putting more feeders back up!
A few days ago a "pack" of Cedar Waxwings arrived back to our not yet bloomed Mimosa tree which is next to the feeders and the birdbath. They are so beautifully defined, unusual and colorful. Last evening there were at least 45 of them in the Mimosa....we think it was party time! I tried to capture two of them perched together. Click on the photo below and you can get a slightly better view of them.
Another bird that returned this year was the Evening Grosbeak. They're usually only around for a day or two then gone until the next year. This year there is only one. We are calling her the Widow Grosbeak and she isn't nearly as pretty as the ones in the link I provided - but she's a survivor! I think she's lost her mate and has taken up residence near the feeders. She is a sad, but stately lady who holds her head high and perseveres. The other night she was sitting on the birdbath looking forlorn. She turned one way, then the other - looked, then down - this went on for quite a while. I finally got the binoculars out - the birdbath was totally empty! Here she was trying to ask me for water, and I wasn't understanding her. I quickly filled it up and vowed next time to listen more carefully.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!