It’s time for my final Bird of the Month post! I promised you I’d post about my favorite bird, so here it is: the beautiful masked Cedar Waxwing.
* The cedar waxwing lives on berries and flying insects. It can swallow berries whole!
* This bird is distinguished by its pale yellow belly and yellow-tipped tail – and don’t forget that dramatic black mask.
* The cedar waxwing has a distinctive, high-pitched call.
* These are social birds that usually travel in flocks.
* Look for cedar waxwings in fruit trees, berry bushes, and along rivers.
Go here to learn more about this beautiful bird.
And now for your final FLYAWAY excerpt (because, hey – in just a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to read your own copy of the book!):
One rainy Saturday at the end of September, I walk into the cage room to find Alan behind the counter, cutting up salmon-berries. His dark hair falls over his face, hiding his eyes.
“Hey,” he says without looking up.
“Hey, yourself.” I hang my raincoat by the door and slide around to his side of the counter. “Need any help?”
“Not really,” he says, but he hands me a knife.
Neither of us is big on early morning conversation. For a couple of minutes the only sound in the room is the rhythmic chop, chop, chop of our knives on the cutting board. The berry juice stains my fingers yellowish-orange, and the tart smell tickles my nostrils. When we reach for a berry at the same time and our hands touch, I shoot him a smile.
“Who are these for?” I ask.
“The cedar waxwings. We just moved them to the aviary.”
What is your favorite type of bird?