A Bohemian waxwing eating Rowan berries In Plyos, Russia
Photograph: TASS/Barcroft Images
The sight of ripening berries for birds and other wildlife in autumn is always heartening, especially after so many months of severe drought in this part of New England. With recent beneficial rains, shrubs and trees have been fruiting with abundance, attracting large flocks of Cedar and Bohemian waxwings.
Watching them feast on berries near a wetland area that I visit is thrilling. Their black masks and crested heads make them ideal subjects for water color work and photography.