Robins in the Rain, er… Bath!

The Robins found my babbling brook! I’m delighted that the water feature in my yard has attracted its first birdy bathers! I feel like I’ve won the lottery… I could sit and watch this for hours (if they stayed that long!).

"Hey you! Not so close!"  Robins bathing in my backyard.
“Hey you! I was here first!” – Robins bathing in my backyard.
Splish Splash I was having a bath...
Splish Splash I was having a bath…
Now just let me spread out my feathers... ahhhh
Now just let me spread out my feathers… back off it’s my turn!
I told you it was my turn first! -Robin Redbreast
I told you it was my turn! -Robin Redbreast
Peeking around before a bath...
Peeking around for a quiet spot …
House Sparrow... hoping for a quick drink beside the Robins
House Sparrow… hoping for a quick dip beside the Robins

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North American Robin having a cherry snack...
North American Robin having a cherry snack…
North American Robin
North American Robin
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Afternoon peek into the yard… sneaky woodpecker

Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Downy Woodpecker: "I'm pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port"
Downy Woodpecker: “I’m pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port”
Downy Woodpecker: "Nom Nom Nom"
Downy Woodpecker: “Nom Nom Nom”
Downy Woodpecker: "Hey, food is food!"
Downy Woodpecker: “Hey, food is food!”
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Breakfast with the baby birds and a visit from two others :)

This morning in the yard,… the main action was in the chokecherry tree where juvenile sparrows and waxwings were having breakfast.

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Sparrow eating a cherry

I saw a pretty European Starling way way up in a tree and managed to take a decent photo considering the distance between us.
European Starling

Good morning waxy!

This is one of my favourite photos…
Juvenile waxwing having breakfast

A new sighting in my yard this morning- a bird caught my eye and I couldn’t instantly recognize it. She was flying from tree to tree up high but the light color helped me to keep an eye on her until I could get a lock on her with my camera. It was a dark-eyed junco but I’ve never seen one in these lovely pastel colours before! One more for the yard list!

Dark-eyed Junco - so pretty!

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Just Wingin’ It : Baby/Juvenile Cedar Waxwings

It’s September already…. the summer has been flying by (pun intended).  This afternoon I had only a few minutes to walk around outside looking for birds and I’m sure glad I did.  A family of Cedar Waxwings were causing quite a fluttery distraction in the trees.  The ‘waxwinglets’ if you will, were learning to fly and hold on to branches and was it ever fun to watch! One little guy would jump off his branch and attempt to land on the tip of a branch that couldn’t support his weight and he’d flap and fall until he caught on to a better one.  It happened over and over with 4 juveniles and I tried not to laugh out loud in case it spooked them. (I was semi-hiding beside a tree closeby).

Then there was a fluttering inside the shade of a shrub just a few feet in front of me so I poked around and was able to spot these two siblings sitting side by side – SO CUTE!!!!  One seemed a bit sleepy from all of the practice in the trees but the other one was quite alert and even showed off his impressive ‘punky do’ a few times.

Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
Sibling Juvenile Cedar Waxwings
I'll keep watch while you take a nap...
I’ll keep watch while you take a nap…

This was interesting… up in one of the evergreens I saw a nest with one of the apples from my tree – partially eaten… wish I knew who stole it…haha!

Unknown Nest with one of my Apples!!?
Unknown Nest with one of my Apples!!?
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing in the Cherry Tree
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing in the Cherry Tree
Cedar Waxwing in the Chokecherry Tree
Cedar Waxwing in the Chokecherry Tree
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American Redstart: It’s a Lifer!

This is the first American Redstart I’ve ever seen and positively identified :)  It’s an interesting name that matches the male bird perfectly but the female or juveniles? Not so much!

I wish I could have taken a video of the way it flew from tree to tree – showing off her tail… probably the prettiest small bird flight I’ve seen.  I love my backyard. Blessed.

American Redstart (female or Juvie)
American Redstart (female or juvie)
American Redstart (juvenile)
American Redstart (juvenile)
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