Did you ever wonder how birds get their names? I mean a Bluebird is obvious and a Blue Jay makes sense, but what about a Cardinal? Do you think it was named after the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church and did the color Cardinal Red come before or after the bird? Ahhhh but I digress.
The title of the blog is Berry Nice so wouldn’t you think it should have something to do with berries? In fact it does and also about some birds with a very unusual name. Cedar Waxwings! Really now, what does that conjure up? Cedar trees, wings of wax? Well I have some really cute photos of a bunch of immature Cedar Waxwings feasting on some red berries in Central Park. Murray was there to capture them and in addition, he wrote this little poem!
A tree grows on a slope north-west of Cedar Hill…
whose berries were ripe for the pickin’.
as a flock of juvenile Cedar Waxwings discovered.
in they flew, out they flew, and now those berries are missin’.
All photos courtesy of Murray Head