I have two mature berry-laden Hawthorne trees. Every year in late Nov or Dec., one of two things happen. The best is when the cedar waxwings descend and stayMessage 1 of 2 , Dec 5 10:20 AMView SourceI have two mature berry-laden Hawthorne trees. Every year in late Nov or Dec., one of two things happen. The best is when the cedar waxwings descend and stay on the trees until stripped. What happened this year, happens every third or fourth year. A robin defends the trees. This year I happened to be looking at the tree when about 25 cedar waxwings landed. The robin methodically chased each off of their perch--literally diving at them such that the waxwings had to leave or be struck. Literally, think of a sharp-shinned in an attack mode. The waxwings moved one-by-one or in very small groups into a tree in the neighbor's yard. That was too close. The robin went over there and chased all of them out until the flock flew away. I haven't seen waxwings since and if the winter goes true to form, I won't see any again until maybe sporadically in late spring.
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 10:55:20 -0700
Subject: [wsbn] Re: pinyon jays
Tom’s note reminded me of some great entertainment in our yard three months ago when we had 150 PIJA mobbing our platform feeders that were “owned” by a single Scrub-jay, i.e., according to the Scrub-jay. The latter put on a hysterical performance in attempting to convince the PIJAs to move on! =)