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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cedar Waxwings

I was heading for the laundry room today when I saw a flock of birds up in a tree.  It's quite overcast here today...  no sunshine....  kind of grey and dreary....  so I really couldn't see color.  I did see silhouettes ....  looked like cardinals, which I know are here...  but a flock of a dozen or more?  Could only be Cedar Waxwings.

I think I count 13 in this photo...  
They seemed to be eating the buds off this tree.  I'll ask Celeste tonight what the tree is.

Enlarged enough so that you can see the red "wax" on the wing tips.
They are beautiful birds and I always enjoy seeing flocks of them arrive.  In Ohio they would devour the entire "crop" of ripe mulberries in just a couple of hours...  

One last grainy photo....  
I don't know how long they had been there before I saw them, but when I came out of the laundry room they were gone.

It's too early for the Painted buntings to arrive, and we'll probably be gone when they do...  but we're always on the lookout for the latest arrival.  I felt lucky to spot the Cedar waxwings today.

That's All For Today!


12 comments:

  1. The Cedar Waxwings are beautiful - I've never seen them. I wonder if they are in my area? They are shaped a little like Cardinals. :)

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  2. In all the years I've seen cedar waxwings come through, once. They are lovely, but not NE Ohio, I'm sure.

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  3. They've been here off and on for a couple of weeks trying to eat the yapon berries. The mockingbirds chase them off each time they land. :(

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  4. These birds are GREAT!!! Lovely to see and quite pretty!!

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  5. These characters show up here in June and then dawdle around before they start nesting. We've found nests in early August. They nest in groups.

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  6. not here in College Station Tx yet... or maybe I just haven't heard them yet...

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  7. I can't wait for the spring hatch of our quail. I love seeing the tiny birds run across our lawn.

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  8. Wonderful shots of cedar waxwings!

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  9. Excellent pictures thanks for keeping us updated with the local birds.

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  10. Haven't seen these in more than 20 years... since our backyard in Connecticut. They're stunning and so perfectly named. Great photos!

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  11. Any day you see cedar waxwings is a good day! In spite of doing laundry.

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  12. I really like Waxwings. They're such sleek and beautiful birds.

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