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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cedar Waxwing


We had a small flock of Cedar Waxwings come into the yard today
 to eat crab apples!  They don't show up here very often, so when
 they do, it's really something special!
See the red and yellow bits hanging from their wings and tail?
They are waxy pieces that give them their name.  Beautiful birds
 with those masks and crowns...they are fruit eaters,
so they weren't interested in the seed from the feeders. 



I'm linking up with Anni and her blog
I'd Rather B Birdin'.
Click HERE to see more beautiful bird photography!



48 comments:

  1. Super nice pictures! Just keep getting better and better!

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    1. Aren't they pretty? Do you have them down south?

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  2. They are beautiful I've never had them here.

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    1. They really are beautiful....a nice change from the sparrows. ha.

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  3. What a beautiful pictures!! Yes, they are gorgeous. We don't get them here but we do have them in my homeland Czech Republic. It looks like the whole family came for a visit :-)

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  4. Actually I think I made a mistake. We do not get these ... sorry. I mixed it up with the creested lark bird I think. Not that good in naming them but we definitely get some with those funny feathers coming up :-)

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    1. I just looked up Crested Lark! We don't have those but I wish we did!

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    1. I know! They really are....love everything about them! I wish they were a regular in my yard!

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  6. Lovely birds!
    I've seen them here, but haven't been able to get photos.
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, Lea. I really wish I saw them more often....
      and they were a little difficult to photograph!
      They liked to keep a distance and then when they came
      in to eat they didn't stay still for more than a second!

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  7. I sometimes get them eating the berries on my ivy....very exciting!
    They sure are beautiful!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. As much as I love the cardinals and chickadees,
      I enjoyed this change in scenery a lot! haha.

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  8. They all look very astute sitting there
    Hopefully there was some fruit to spare

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    1. Still some fruit left for next time!
      Even as they did their eating chime!

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  9. Talking of birds, I just watched a video on Vimeo about our Beautiful British Robin. Apparently Robin Redbreast is native to Britain and there are none in the American Colonies (unless in captivity). The man said "The American robin is not an actual robin, just another species that looks similar". I thought "Ouch! This statement could could start another war!"

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    1. They look really cute, pity we don't have them here. It doesn't look as if there are many crab apples left now.

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    2. yes, our American Robin is nothing like your English Robin! Ours is very large and eats worms. Yours is small, round and very cute! haha.

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    3. . . . and aggresive. They have been known to attack much bigger birds, and win!

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    4. Well, I didn't know that! They seem so sweet! haha.

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  10. Such pretty little birds, they remind me of Goldfinches.
    I didn't know that tidbit about the waxy pieces on their wings and tail, what's the purpose of those do you know ?
    Beautiful pictures Betsy, thank you for sharing their sweetness.
    ~Jo

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    1. I do no know what the purpose is! I'll have to look that up and see if there is one!

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  11. Beautiful....wearing their finest!! Wonderful background too.

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  12. Now that is a truly magnificent shot . . . beautiful birds . . . :)

    Very nicely done . . . :)

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    1. Aren't they pretty? A little unusual, too.

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  13. Beautiful photos. Such a unique bird. Haven't seen one in years. Used to see them a lot when I was growing up in Quebec. I was reading that they don't know the reason for the waxy tips but it's thought to attract mates. I'd be attracted! :-)
    Also, if they eat too much overripe fruit that has begun to ferment, they get intoxicated!

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    1. I knew about the drunken berries. haha....would be amusing to see them a little tipsy, wouldn't it?

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    1. I think they're lovely, too! I wish they would stay around!

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  15. Incredible portrait of the waxwing with the first photo. And love the family of waxwings in the 2nd photo.

    I've returned to add my thanks for sharing your link to this post to share with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. And happy that you returned with your wonderful photos Betsy!!

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    1. Thanks, Anni! Always fun to join in the group!

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  16. amazing photos! especially the first, I like !!

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    1. Thanks, Jens! I'm so glad I was home while they stopped in! :)

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  17. Hi Betsy - they are gorgeous ... lovely to see and I love the name 'wax wing' ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, the name fits, of course. Very fun!

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  18. I think these are some of the prettiest birds. We had a Tufted Titmouse at the feeder the other day and when I told my husband he asked me why I was feeding mice. He doesn't know much about birds ;) lol

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    1. Oh, that's hilarious. My husband just asked me what that little grey bird was yesterday. haha.

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  19. Wonderful photos of the cedar waxwings! And I love your header photo too.

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  20. With all those masks, it looks like a superhero convention!

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  21. I've always wanted to see one of those, and you have a whole flock!
    Very cool!

    Susan

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  22. I've always wanted to see one of those, and you have a whole flock!
    Very cool!

    Susan

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  23. Wow, these are wonderful. I remember having a flock of these that hit my one evergreen. The love berries.

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