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This morning when I went out front I noticed a large flock of American Robins in the Ginko trees across the street, and there was a group of another bird I didn’t quite recognize, but knew it was something I’d want to photograph so, ran back in the house and grabbed my camera; hoping I had enough battery charge left to get an image or two!

I got a few shots then looked at them quickly in review mode, and saw that the birds were Cedar Waxwings! I’ve never seen them here before! Can you imagine my excitement? I was standing across the street from the tree which meant the images would need to be cropped in quite a bit so, I slowly advanced closer to the tree firing my shutter the whole time. I got too close, and all the birds scattered like leaves in a gust of wind. My only thought…COME B A C K!!!

Did I tell you that He-Man ruptured his Patella Tendon Nov. 10th?  Ruptured…the whole quadricep muscle came off his knee cap!  He had surgery on Nov. 12th and has been healing and in rehab since. His Surgeon told him he’d be “out” for the whole season and then some. He’s a cyclist, and a very active guy. This was the worst possible diagnosis. Yesterday he got the “okay” to start driving again. So, this afternoon he drove me in Pearl ( the Subaru Forester) to the post office which is 2 miles from our house.
It was like riding a bike. He was fabulous…moving from the brake to the gas pedal was no problem at all. When we got home he immediately got in Va-Va my 5 Speed Toyota Corolla Sport to take her for a spin, but I had spotted the Waxwings in the trees across the street again, and the light was nice. I begged for 5 minutes! As I was shooting he backed out, rolled down the window and said, “I’ll be fine. I’m just going around the block a few times.”  I said, ” WAIT I’ll come with!” He said, ” No need. I’ll be fine. Get the shots.”  He was back before I finished shooting. 🙂

5 Cedar Waxwings…

5 Cedar Waxwings

Mrs. American Robin with Mr. American Robin close by,

American Robin Female

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Fabulous birds in front of my house, and the only thing He-Man needs me to do now that he can’t do for himself is put on his socks, and tie his shoes. Life is good!

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w?AF-S Nikkor 14eII TC| Hand-held| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Developed in CS6

More to come…

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10 Comments

  1. beautiful shots and I hope your he-man heals quickly!!

  2. I have never seen a waxwing of any kind, lucky you! I’m glad He-Man is doing well, too.

    • Thank you Jackie! I hope you get to see and photograph Cedar Waxwings while on a trip somewhere. You can always come out here when they’re around. 🙂
      I’m so glad he’s doing so well too!

  3. You got some nice shots of them. Aren’t the Waxwings sweet? I always feel blessed when a flock visits. Hooray for He-man’s recovering knee! Life is good. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Melissa! I wish they hung around longer. They didn’t come back the following day and today only a few Robins are still hanging around.

      Yes, Hooray for He-Man’s recovering knee! It’s so hard to injured and not able to do everyday things on your own.

  4. Sure are handsome little guys!

  5. Lovely shots Deborah; Bonus getting the waxwings, we see the robins and the finches in the spring but the waxwings are few and far between. I have only managed to photograph 1. Glad to hear your hubby is getting back to normal.

    • Thank you Harold! It is thrilling to see the Waxwings. I’ve only seen them a few times myself.


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  1. […] I heard Cedar Waxwings were showing up, a sure sign that Spring is on the way!  I’ve had Robins in the Ginko tree out in the front yard, and in back yard lately so, I’ve been looking for the Waxwings because, they usually arrive with the Robins, and last year there was a flock of Waxwings in the Ginko trees a few houses away from me. That was a first for me.  You can read about that here […]

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