Recently, I have enjoyed watching the birds feast on all the berries in the woods. There is one particular patch of what I believe is honeysuckle (and probably an invasive species) where there are tons of Cedar Waxwings, Robins, and Finches gorging themselves on the berries. It’s one of my favorite things to photograph.
While going through my photographs of the Cedar Waxwings, I noticed this one with the orange tip on its tail. The Cedar Waxwings I see usually have a yellow tip. This is from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds website:
Cedar Waxwings with orange instead of yellow tail tips began appearing in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada in the 1960s. The orange color is the result of a red pigment picked up from the berries of an introduced species of honeysuckle. If a waxwing eats enough of the berries while it is growing a tail feather, the tip of the feather will be orange.
Both the Cedar Waxwings and the Robins were in large flocks around the berries. The occasional House Finch and Cardinal would stop by also. I have always wanted to snap a perfect photo of a Cardinal around the berries–it hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully one day.
Enjoy your Sunday!