I was peeking out my window to find any sign of life on a negative seventeen degree morning when I saw a flock of Cedar Wax Wings! They were basking in the warmth of the little sunshine available on the end of a large branch in the yard.
Hopefully they are alerting us that warmer weather is soon arriving!
The Cedar Wax Wing is a medium sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North and Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada and wintering in the southern half of the United States, Central America, and the far northwest of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit, and insects. The Waxwing’s black mask has a thin white border. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults. Males and females look alike.
If it is sunny in February, the story goes that a groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for another six weeks. I am in great hopes that this squirrel seeing his shadow will contradict the groundhog and SPRING will arrive melting the piles of Minnesota snow!
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions – what signs of SPRING have you seen in your area of the world?