Monday, June 15, 2015
The Mulberry Shuttle
All birds will be Cedar Waxwings until further notice. Neat looking small bird sitting on the silver-green candles of the Blue Spruce?
Five small birds tumbling over and over one another like entertainers piling out of a clown car?
At least thirty fluttering in every bush and shrub and tree?
Don't bother with the binoculars.
They are all Cedar Waxwings. They show up about two weeks before the mulberry fruit appears and they are everywhere until fall...
They spend all day every day tugging at the half-ripe berries and devouring them.
Catbirds serve as conductors on the mulberry train. Their sleek, yet subtle uniforms and natty caps never looked mussed......but what about those flashy red under drawers?
Cardinals partake. Robins. Starlings. Baltimore Orioles.
Birds that are supposed to be seed eaters, but sneak up there to tug away the berries. Gold Finches. House Finches. Purple Finches. Cedar Waxwings. Yellow Warblers are up to something over there. They claim they are just hunting bugs but I have my suspicions.
And Cedar Waxwings.
There is never a dull moment out on the sitting porch or up in the bird window, but that's okay.....I enjoy the Mulberry Shuttle.