Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
The Bohemian Waxwing passes through the village in October as it heads south to its winter habitat and again in March when it flies back to its summer breeding grounds in the boreal forests of the far north.
Traveling in flocks, waxwings stop along their way to fill up on frozen crabapples, cherries and other fruit, and their appearance makes me smile, a fine thing indeed this year. They fly in circles around the gnarly old crabapple tree, gleefully dance from branch to branch, shout at each other and laugh at their own jokes, pelt each other with frozen crabapples.
Bohemians are also seasonal harbingers, and their appearance in the front yard in late March often means that springtime is on its way. This time around, you could have fooled me!