Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Cedar waxwing tales

I've been following a pair of Cedar waxwings. From the gathering of nesting materials in the front yard, to watching them in the tall White pine tree chirping away. It's a busy back yard!

Tree is behind me!

Sharp-shinned on the feeder
in winter
Yesterday, our Sharp-shinned hawk flew by right into the backyard. Of course, too fast for me to photograph. It flew by a few days ago, into the back 40, with something in its talons. I also spotted a Turkey vulture circling over the top of said Pine.

The other day, I figured they were getting closer to laying the eggs. I saw the Waxwing fly from the pine tree to the dead elm, which gives me a great photo-op. When I did my close-ups and crops, you can see she's been plucking feathers for her nest.


'back 40'
Lots of milkweed in bloom
I presume this is the female who has been feathering her nest! I love the dancing tail antics!

11 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I love the Waxwings, they are so pretty. Great post, enjoy your day!

EG CameraGirl said...

I too love waxwings! Nice post, Jenn!

Olga Hebert said...

Such a pretty bird.

William Kendall said...

They're lovely birds!

Red said...

You're very fortunate to be able to watch a cedar waxwing nest. Usually there are many that nest together.

Nancy J said...

Lovely wee bird, and great photos.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Very pretty- have a lovely day!

Kay said...

I just love the spectacular coloring on the Waxwing. I hope they are safe from the hawk.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Outstandingly gorgeous takes Jenn!!! (I admit for a second I was concerned your hawk had done for your darlings - not that it isn't darling in its own way; which is the whole point of nature, heh na?) YAM xx

Christine said...

Lovely photos, it's a wonderful time of year!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are so lucky to have cedar waxwings on your place! Wonderful.