I have shown a number of photos of my gardens on this blog. We grow these gardens, obviously for the beauty and enjoyment they offer us, but we also grow them to provide food and cover for wildlife. We are visited over the course of a year by many birds. Numerous water birds, including Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Wood Duck and Bittern visit our pond. Red Wing Blackbirds nest at the pond. We have had nesting hummingbirds, primarily Anna's and assorted Woodpecker's visit our large trees (including Three Toed, Ladderback, Downy and the occasional Pileated). A large variety of songbirds also come to visit regularly. I won't try to name them all because there are so many. One of my favorite visitors is the berry eater Cedar Wax Wing. They come in flocks in the Spring to gorge on the Holly Berries and return in the Fall to gorge on Mountain Ash Berries. Over the weekend, I discovered an injured Cedar Wax Wing. Don't know what caused the injury, and ultimate death of this beautiful bird, but it did afford me the opportunity to see it up close and take a picture. I offer that as today's ration of beauty.
As always, thanks for looking.