But this November has been different. The
I am referring to waxwings. Many of us are familiar with these sleek, brownish birds with black mask, crested head, and yellow-tipped tail. Cedar Waxwings live year-round in
Mixed in with our familiar Cedar Waxwings are their larger cousins from the north, Bohemian Waxwings. Look carefully to distinguish the two. Bohemians average more gray-bodied, slightly larger, and have cinnamon on the underside of their tail (Cedars are whitish). If you are better with sounds, listen for a lower-pitched trill which should stand out from the high-pitched trills and thin whistles of Cedar Waxwings.
Their reliance on fruit leads to the nomadic behavior of both species. They form flocks to share in the search for scattered, abundant fruit crops. Every few years when Bohemians come down from the boreal
As you enjoy the holidays this year in New England and
This week’s snow storm probably pushed a few of the lingering migrants south, such as the American Golden-Plover, American Woodcock, and juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen early in the week. A few wayward Greenland Greater White-fronted Geese, a smaller cousin of the Canada Goose that breeds in Greenland and winters in England, were seen in the lower Connecticut River Valley in recent weeks. The latest sighting was at Herrick’s Cove in Rockingham on Nov 17.
You can explore all the birds reported last week in