Tuesday, February 26, 2008

No Bowax in the Snow

This morning, a Bohemian Waxwing was reported from the Arts Quad in a flock of Cedar Waxwings that feed on the crabapples around campus. I was sitting in Macroevolution with three other student birders when one got the email on his cell phone. The next hour and twenty-five minutes of lecture on speciation were pure torture. Afterwards we bolted out of the Atrium and down to the Arts Quad in the heavy snow, where we located the waxwing flock.

Only Jay among us four had binoculars, and he scanned the flock in the treetops while we listened and looked through the birds coming down to feed on the crabapples.

No Bowax could be found before we had to head to Ornithology. It snowed heavily all day, leading to a TA snowfight in the parking lot outside the Lab of Ornithology after class.

1 comment:

  1. The snow was coming down hard but glad that you did get out and try for the waxwings! Would have been a great find for sure!