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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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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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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Cedar Waxwing (Juveniles and a Silhouette)

This afternoon in the top of a pine tree I saw a bird perched against the sun.  The shape of her side profile and her whistle was enough for me to identify her as a Waxwing.  The sun was very bright behind her so I thought ‘hey, why not just shoot it as a silhouette?’  I was very happy with how she turned out and so I’m using it as my clean and simple blog header photo. :)

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I also saw my first juvenile Cedar Waxwing in my cherry tree having breakfast, boy are they ever interesting looking, not quite as regal as their parents yet… haha!

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

 

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