Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings arrived today,
fleeing from the cold jet stream,
that chases them from their lairs
and brings them here to warm. 

Their song is heard before I see
their smooth, multi-hued bodies of
lemon, masking black, russet
and gray, with those bright
splashes of red on wings,
topped off with crested heads.

Grabbing up my binoculars
to get an up-close peek,
I train them out my back
door up in the bay laurel tree.
Several are seen busily flitting
from berried limb to limb, all the
while they’re whistling their high-
pitched piercing trills.

Each year I thrill to spot them
as they visit my backyard laurel,
soon I hope the Robins will join
them, bobbing the yard with red.

Open Link Night # 21 at dVerse Poets http://dversepoets.com/2011/12/06/openlinknight-week-21/

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  1. I love the beauty of this poem and that bird is amazing…one I’ve never seen. Thank you for sharing him with me. Makes me want to paint him.


  2. nice..the birds flee from us as we get colder and you benefit…it is nice to see that life and hear its song…i imagine it a treat for you….i miss florida this time of year…


    • Yes, we do benefit–it’s nice to share. I do love watching for them each year right outside my door. We also have another group of “birds” that come down from up north each year–those notorious “snowbirds”!


  3. They must make winter a colorful season…


  4. I, too, watch birds and find them inspiring. I watch squirrels, too. They seem to like the same things wild birds do! 😉


  5. Androgoth

     /  December 7, 2011

    There are always Robins popping into my garden I even spotted some this summer so how about that for early Christmas shopping? 🙂 I like your posting Gayle and thank you for adding it… There is always something very worthwhile to read when visiting your Space and I thank you for that my wickedly great friend 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    • Robins only come here during the winter months–our summers would broil them! 🙂

      What a lovely thing to say, Androgoth, I’m very happy you enjoy my humble writings. You’re very kind. 🙂 xo


      • Androgoth

         /  December 9, 2011

        I like the fangtastic variety that you offer everyone here, and you have always added quality postings Gayle, which I like a lot 🙂

        I hope that you have had a most pleasant day and that your evening and weekend are even better 🙂

        Androgoth XXx


        • Truly, you are very generous in your compliments…thank you very much.

          Just am back from all day Sunday shopping with my daughters…it would have killed you! 🙂 Had lots of fun!


  6. lovely verse and the bird is beautiful! I agree with Victoria – it would be fun to paint.


  7. I love poems about birds and this one brings your love for them alive as well. Your descriptions of them are wonderful.


  8. I love Cedar Waxwings, and the way they descend en masse to gobble berries, stripping a tree of its fruit in no time at all. Such a gorgeous site. You really capture it here. Lovely photo, too.


    • Yes, they’re always in a group. Sometimes I see them flying high overhead, all the while trilling away. So beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing, Chris.


  9. Oh, how wonderful! I’ve never seen one before. They remind me of cardinals, or maybe the tufted titmice (which are so adorable) that we get here in TN. I like to watch the birds, too, and enjoy trying to identify the different ones in our area. In the woods nearby, we even have a Pileated woodpecker! 🙂 But your Cedar Waxwings are very pretty. Almost looks like the tail feathers were dipped in yellow paint.


    • They are like both the cardinals and the titmice in that they all have the tufts on their little heads. When I lived in more wooded areas, we also saw the Pileated Woodpecker…an awesome sight in my book! 🙂

      We only see these Cedar Waxwings when they winter down here in Florida–I get so excited when I hear them announce their arrival! Yes, they looked dipped in yellow paint! So striking…

      Thanks, Corina!


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