(Photo by Nancy DeWitt)
I went to Fairbanks this past weekend to do a presentation, but was asked to take a bohemian waxwing along to release it. None of the Bird TLC volunteers have seen any waxwings in Anchorage for a bit and all of the trees are already striped of berries. So I asked my host in Fairbanks, Nancy, and she said they have been seeing plenty. Bring it on.
So we went waxwing hunting Saturday morning and sure enough on the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus, there were plenty. Nancy pulled over and we got out and it sounded like a dozen George Jetson cars were going by. I opened the kennel and the waxwing hesitated for a few seconds and then came out like a bullet, straight for a spruce tree were there were already plenty of its cousins.
Once it made it to the tree, we couldn't tell one from another. They were all buzzing around chowing down on what berries were still on the trees.
And just in case the one waxwing wants to come back to Anchorage, there's a milepost right there.
Thanks for the help Nancy!