November 16th, 2012
Sharing in the feast with the Pine Grosbeaks were Bohemian
. Large flocks of this boreal species are roving around Ottawa
this fall. They had apportioned things neatly with apparently one tree
belonging to the waxwings and the other to the grosbeaks. The one the waxwings
were in was the one with excellent afternoon lighting. (I kept hoping they
would trade places, as my camera struggled with shadows in the grosbeak tree.
No such luck.) I even managed to capture their eyes (usually eclipsed by the
surrounding black mask), as red as the fruit they were eating.
Unlike grosbeaks, waxwings swallow berries whole. In fact they use fruit in
precisely the opposite way, digesting the pulp and juice and excreting the
Mind you, the swallowing part can be a challenge!