Cedar Waxwing Antics; How I love thee..

The Cedar Waxwings have been having a great time around the yard this summer and I’ve been having a great time watching them!  Sometimes their behavior makes me laugh out loud and often its when I’m trying to take photos and I need to be quiet and still.  When the juveniles begin to fly they often fall from branches that are too small to support their weight. I watch as they fall branch to branch clinging on to the tips of the small branches until they eventually grab a strong enough branch and stop.  It’s a lot like watching a pinball game – only much more fun and much more exciting (and they are SO much cuter than a metal ball to be sure!).

Today the juvie’s were in various trees, watching each other (and their parents) fly from tree to tree and back again. I was taking a few pictures from a stationary spot in the yard when one little guy who was sitting comfortably up in my cherry tree became alert to a commotion in another tree nearby (it turned out to be a squirrel).  He went into the ‘tall thin‘ posture and I couldn’t help it – I laughed – he was very cute and it was quite funny but I still managed to snap before and after photos to share with you below.

Cedar Waxwing in Fluffy Pose
Cedar Waxwing in Fluffy Pose
Cedar Waxwing in the Tall Thin Posture
Cedar Waxwing in the Tall Thin Posture

And what did Mama Cedar think of this impressive display??

Sassy Mama Cedar Waxwing
Sassy Mama Cedar Waxwing

Have you ever had a nosy old neighbour – disapprovingly peering into your yard to see what you have been up to in your garden?  This one is hard to be miffed at…lol

The Nosy Neighbour (Cedar Waxwing)
The Nosy Neighbour (Cedar Waxwing)

I just love these guys, I’m gonna miss them in the winter, but something to look forward to in Summer 2016…

Here’s a few more portraits of the Cedars on the morning side of life …. until next time!

Elegant Mama Cedar Waxwing
Elegant Mama Cedar Waxwing
A very handsome guy ;)
A very handsome guy ;)
Peeking through the poplar
Peeking through the poplar
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It’s a Lifer! Willow Flycatcher

This afternoon I saw something new – a bird I did not easily id – hopping around in a neighbouring tree.  He was delightful to watch – twisting his head around watching little bugs fly by.  After getting some ID help from a friend I discovered it was a life lister for me!  So excited!  Flycatchers are difficult to distinguish from each other!

Willow Flycatcher (front portrait)
Willow Flycatcher (front portrait)
Willow Flycatcher (fly watching)
Willow Flycatcher (fly watching)
Willow Flycatcher (back)
Willow Flycatcher (back)
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A Rainy Day in the Backyard

It’s dark and gloomy outside and raining on and off all day, still I wanted to see who might be about in the garden despite the weather.  Mr. Squirrel was scurrying around looking for snacks,  a few House Sparrows fluffed themselves up on the branches of the Mayday and a little black-capped Chickadee helped himself to some seeds from the feeder.  It’s a chilly day but we know it won’t last…

A Black 'Eastern Grey' Squirrel
A Black ‘Eastern Grey’ Squirrel
House Sparrow in the Rain
House Sparrow in the Rain
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-Capped Chickadee
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