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.

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  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…

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    • 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”!

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  3. They must make winter a colorful season…

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

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  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

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    • 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

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      • 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

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        • 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!

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

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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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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