Another view showing the wing bars. The eye rings give this little bird such a curious expression. I tried my mad pishing skilz again on this common yellowthroat but was not so successful as last time. This bird was a treat to watch. He was in a clump of ferns and tall grass nearby. I could see the grass wiggling as he hopped about down low, then he would pop up, grab an insect, and drop back down into the grass.
Serviceberries were ripe last weekend and flocks of cedar waxwings were gorging themselves on the fruit. We could hear the waxwings before we could see them. They would zip in and land at the tops of the birches, look about, then float down to brush level to eat the berries.
Roes-breasted grosbeaks gave them some competition for the berries. Both bird species had an awkward time of it when trying to get at the fruit at the tips of the branches. The birds' weight would pull the branch down and then bounce back up when released.
There were plenty of purple finches at the feeders. Check out this poor dude! He looked so tatty- he reminded me of "Baldy" our bald cardinal in the yard back home. Baldy gets a bad case of bird mites every summer and gets to looking pretty scary.