Posted by: atowhee | October 8, 2015


UPDATE:  Friday, Oct. 9–They’re baaaack.  Waxwings galore again this foggy morning (the first such this fall) with more rain expected.  By 9A< they were in the trees and flycatching overhead.  Another PIMBY victory.

There are few more gregarious songbirds in North America in my experience.  Our waxwings rank up there with most finches, Iterids, Bushtits, chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Pinyon Jays.  The introduced Starling is likely the one most often seen in flocks of over a thousand birds, however.  Gone are the sky-darkening clouds of Carolina Parakeets or Passenger Pigeons once seen over the eastern American forests.

Thursday, Oct. 8, McMinnville–After breeding season Cedar Waxwings are notorious wanderers.  Today it was PIMBY time at my house.  We Americans are all familiar with the political and social stance of “NIMBY,” not in my back yard.  Well, today it was PIMBY–please, in my back yard.  And the waxwings obliged.  Well over a hundred into our garden and those around us.  They especially pleased with my neigbbor’s dogwood.WW CLUSTR (1280x960) WW DOGWD1 (1280x960) WW DOGWD2 (1280x960) WW DOGWD3 (1280x960) WW IN AIR (1280x960)


  1. You lucky! One of my favorites! Next thing you know, a great gray will show up on your doorstep!

    m a

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