This week I've been hearing a high pitched whistle from the trees around the cabin. It wasn't a familiar sound. I thought it might be a bat, but the time of day was wrong. Then one evening Wayne called me out to the float garden. A small flock of Cedar Waxwings weas foraging. When I used my Bird Songs Bible, I discovered they were the source of the sound. This book is a great resource for off-the-grid (and Internet) living.
Cedar Waxwings aren't common around our cabin. They are fruit eaters, so I wasn't too worried about my veggies.
They stayed quite a while for us to watch.
They were most interested in the egg shells I had in the garden. They may not work to deter slugs, but they seem to be something the Cedar Waxwings like in their diet, most likely for calcium and grit for digestion.
It's fun to watch the birds around the cabin. What kinds of birds are in your area? -- Margy