To the south and on European web sites, I have been treated to some great photos of waxwings, usually Bohemian as opposed to my buddy, the Cedar waxwing. After looking at them on these web sites I find that I miss my guys. They are an extremely friendly bird, that live together in flocks, that I can find anywhere, but in berry season near the berry trees, of which there is no shortage in this forest. They are also extremely elegant looking.
So I gathered a few facts together about them:
1) They eat insects when berries are not available; thus aiding insect control.
2) As far as berries go they are voracious eaters. Berries figure in their courtship ritual, in that the male and female exchange berries. As well they nest near berry trees in the peak berry season.
3) They are social living in flocks and constantly chattering.
For further information see: http://canadianbiodiversity.mcgill.ca/. and http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/ See the essay: Robert Rice, Cedar Waxwings: The Moveable Feaster.
For more bird sites see: World Bird Wednesday @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/
I love Cedar Waxwings..they came thru here by the hundreds with the Robins eating all the Holly Berries..dont see there here since we have returned from a two week road trip...:(ReplyDelete
To Dawn: Pushing on to greener pastures or should I say looking for more berries.ReplyDelete
I'm in your camp, for my money there is no more elegant bird in the north woods than the Cedar Waxwing. There are more over the top species when it comes to sheer color like the male Cardinal but as your beautiful pictures illustrate the subtle pastels of this gorgeous bird hold the eye like no other! ;-)WBW
To Springman: Plus just the sheer fun they seem to have.ReplyDelete
The Cedar Waxwing is a bird we get none, we get the Bohemian type, anyway, you caught some beautifully.ReplyDelete
Hi Bob: Maybe they split the berry crop by world territory. Although I think Bohemians have been seen NW of me.ReplyDelete
We have had Waxwings in massive numbers in the UK this winter. A fantastic looking bird I had not even seen until this year.ReplyDelete
Your Cedar Waxwings are beatiful birds.
Lovely images Gary.
They are beautiful little birds and I am sure the interaction within the flock would be interesting to watch.ReplyDelete
One of my favorite birds! We had a colony of them around our house last spring.ReplyDelete
I think we all like them because of their propensity to flock together, and who can resist the chattering and that mohawk cut. Thanks for the visit Mike.ReplyDelete
To Mick: The interaction can be quite funny as they seem to play with one another.Thanks for the visit.ReplyDelete
Hi Mama Zen. Thanks for the visit and kind words.ReplyDelete
Hi Andrew. I think all of yours are Bohemian Waxwings. All of mine are Cedar waxwings, except that Bohemians have been seen NW of me. But whatever they're fun guys.By the way we have Brown Creepers here and now I'm on the look out.ReplyDelete
Gotta love those amazing bird!ReplyDelete
You certainly do,Dominic, and thanks for the visit.ReplyDelete
One of my very favorite birds! I love to watch them come in and strip a tree of berries! I would love to touch those beautiful feathers! Great Photos!!!!ReplyDelete
I love these birds. I remember the first time I saw one. He just sat in the tree and posed for me!ReplyDelete
To Dixxe: I think these guys almost have their own fan club.ReplyDelete
To EmptyNester: I also think they like to have their pictures taken.ReplyDelete
I must have missed this post. I love Waxwings, and have seen them around here, but have only got close enough for pictures a few times. Such a soft beautiful bird.ReplyDelete
Thanks Becky & Gary. They're a favourite of mine.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos! We get Cedar Waxwings in our area, fun birds to watch.ReplyDelete
Thsy're sort of like the Chickadees fun to watch their antics.ReplyDelete
Cracking shots. I've been trying to find some Waxwings in the UK but haven't had any luck yet.ReplyDelete
I hope you catch up to them, Adam. They're quite an experience.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots of, as you say, a very elegant bird. The always look so perfectly groomed Gary. That molting one you found is the first I have ever seen in that state. Fascinating. Whenever I see a flock, I always check them for wandering Bohemians. Like the American Robin, they sure can strip a bush of berries!ReplyDelete
Great photos - the composition with the three birds is great! Thanks for the information on these fabulous birds!ReplyDelete
To Larry: I think you're right about the errant Bohemians, and I'm going to keep my eyes open next year.ReplyDelete
The 3 bird pic. is my favourite too, dreamfalcon.ReplyDelete
Lovely! They really are elegant looking birds. I never tire of them. I only see them briefly when the crab apple trees have fruit or flowers that interest them. I've never seen an immature one.ReplyDelete
The forest is so full of berries that they nest here Mary.ReplyDelete