I knew they were Bohemians, rather than Cedars, as soon as I saw their cinnamon brown under tail coverts. But I am getting ahead of myself with the story. Yesterday, while nearing the mall at Oromocto, we saw three large flocks of birds in three of the tall trees lining the street in that area. And we agreed with each other, "... must be Starlings", but I decided to check anyway and pulled over onto the side.
"Oh my!", surprise, surprise!! They were Bohemian Waxwings and there were so many of them!! The smaller photo shown left holds about 226 birds!! Yes, I counted each, using my method of printing out the photo full size and then circling small groups and counting each bird within it.
Considering we had seen three bunches in trees there were easily 300 plus waxwings in the vicinity! Look at how closely they are bunched together. This was a remarkable sighting.
What an ear-full!! And what a strange choice for a collective noun referring to a group of Waxwings. Perhaps you would prefer to view a museum of them instead. According to the WhatBird website, either choice is proper. I remember the time I first really noticed Waxwings. There was a large group of them high on some roadside wires and at the time I was a bit intrigued with their sounds for it seemed like the wires were humming. You might say it was an 'earful'? If you're curious listen to their song on the WhatBird website and you might agree with my concluding impression of the 'singing wires' sound they make.
Waxwings are berry eaters.