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Cedar Waxwing sighting


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So how common are these guys? I can't say as I've ever seen them before, but sitting outside last night a flock of about 12 came in and started chowing on the blossoms on our apple tree. VERY cool looking birds, I was pretty sure what they were but grabbed the binocs quick and got a great look at them. Alas, they stuck around for about 10 minutes and then took off like they were late for an appointment, and didn't return. I then read a bit about them and it doesn't sound like they're a "feeder" bird, so i don't hold out lots of hope to see them again. This was north of Duluth.

At the cabin on Red lake, we have 2 nesting pairs of rose breasted grossbeaks and one pair of orioles. along with a pretty good flock of goldfinches, some purple finches, and the usual chickadees, nuthatches, etc...

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Unfortunatly the trees are out of line-of-sight from the windows so we have to be outside to see them. So have you seen them year after year Jim? How about after the trees are done blossoming?

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Now that I have learned to watch for them while they are in bloom I have seen them the past three years. It is the only time that I get to see them. If you have Crab trees they will eat them when they are ripe. Would love to have them hanging around all year long.

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They're annual visitors down here and as Jim says, they tend to hang out in the crabapples and apple trees. That's all done now for us so haven't seen them in a while. They suddenly reappear in the fall once the leaves drop to pick at the crabapples, chokeberries, dogwood or nannyberries and then vanish again. If we blink sometimes we miss them. smile

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