I was cruising Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind for turtles that might have been looking for nest sites when I noticed that the branches of the mulberry tree that hangs over the path near the Sail Boat Pond were drooping very low. There were also many purple stains on the pavement below the branches. The mulberries were ripe. It was time to keep an eye out for berry loving birds raiding the trees in search of that oh so succulent fruit.
Just as that thought hit me, I saw one, two, then more, small groups of birds fly overhead in the direction of the mulberry tree behind the Sail Boat Pond. As I watched, the birds were flying to and from the tree. They were waxwings.
At first it was difficult to see the birds hidden among the branches as they searched for mulberries. But as more and more birds flew in to the tree, photographic opportunity presented itself to me again and again.
As I watched, the birds picked only ripe berries
During the peak of this avian assault, other birds flew in to see what all of the commotion was about.
And just as quickly as they had arrived, the birds had all disappeared.
How many scenes like this occur each day, unnoticed?