While admiring possumhaw hollies (Ilex decidua) at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last Friday, I couldn’t help noticing lots of birds doing the same. A solitary cedar waxwing commuted for snacks from a bald cypress, where my son was able to get a few photos of it.
Cedar waxwings are such handsome birds, with their smooth, brown backs and chests, butter-yellow tummies, and robber’s masks.
I’d never noticed the flash of red on their wings.
Here’s where the feast was held.
Possumhaw berries are at peak redness right now, and there are still plenty of them.
Soon the birds will strip them bare, so enjoy them now.
Aside from the cedar waxwing, we saw mockingbirds devouring berries.
And tufted titmice
Like the cedar waxwing, this tufted titmouse darted back and forth between the possumhaw and a sheltering bald cypress.
We even spotted a vole (I think) gathering snacks at ground level.
One more look at the cedar waxwing.
Are you noticing lots of bird activity in your garden too?
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