Juniper Berries

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It was an overcast morning and difficult to make out the details but it sure looked like there were a handful birds hanging out in a juniper bush as we speed along a quiet road. We decided to turn around and take a quick look and spotted a beautiful trio of Bohemian Waxwings. These three quickly flew off while we were watching but landed just across a small creek in a juniper loaded with berries and a large flock of Waxwings buzzing about in constant motion picking the berries for their morning meal.

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It was a whirlwind of activity with birds coming and going, picking berries, and perhaps, just for a small moment, sitting still.

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The beautiful colors of these birds were flashing brightly in the dull overcast light and made for quite a show.

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The berries and the birds made for a fine start to the day.

23 thoughts on “Juniper Berries

  1. We have a crabapple tree laden with fruit in the center of the cul-de-sac circle. The waxwings and robins feast on them now and then. Like your photos, they are a flurry of activity.

      1. ….as a boy growing up in NY State, I so wanted to see a Waxwing and the other exotic-looking songbirds. Now I live in the interior of British Columbia. We have a large red maple just beyond our picture window. One morning, while standing there looking at our bird feeders, this raucous, feathered gang of waxwings took the tree over, dazzling me (I was struck by how petite they actually are), with their distinctive bandit’s strip over their eyes, and they proceeded to dismantle a vacant Robin’s nest bit by bit and race off with each piece. So their bandit’s mask wasn’t just cosmetics–they actually were robbing some poor Robin of its former home. And then with their rather loud tangle of shrill chirpy exchanges they took off in a group and I’ve never seen another since. But boy, what a SHOW! lol!

    1. HI Kit, we usually see roaming flocks a couple of times each winter. Sometime Cedar and sometimes Bohemian. That little color does make a big impression especially on a dreary winter morning. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

  2. hokkaidojef

    Loving the photos and the writing!
    You got my interest and attention!
    Thanks for sharing what is happening there.
    Happy New Year and the best to You and Yours!
    Jeff 🙂

    1. HI and thanks. We enjoy passing along what we see and here and maybe with us all chipping in we will make the difference needed to protect some of life other species. Wishing you a very happy new year.

  3. What an exciting sighting! Though similar to Cedar Waxwings, these are Bohemian Waxwings, which are more common out west than here in the east. Both species can surely strip a tree of berries in no time at all!

    1. HI and thanks, we run across a group like this every so often and mostly i winter and sometimes we get a photograph other times they are buzzing about in trees too far away for a photo. We enjoy seeing them nonetheless. Wishing you a fine weekend.

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