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This has been a fantastic birding season so far! The Vermilion Flycatcher, the Red-tailed Hawk with its prey, the elusive Loggerhead Shrike, the Bald Head Eagle I didn’t get a photo of, the pair of Ring necked Pheasants, and the sweet Hermit Thrush on my fence all were amazing, and exciting sightings, but in Winter is there anything better than a Harbinger of Spring?
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
Last week-end my birding friend and I stayed local and found some!
Soon they were taking turns flying down to the bush with luscious, ripe red berries beneath this tree.
… and one was shy,
I spent some time photographing the Robins that also were there to feed on the same berries, but I’ll save those images for another post.
I’m off to Yosemite National Park today to photograph something other than birds, and my son and his girl-friend are arriving early Saturday morning for the week-end. It promises to be a stellar week-end!
I’ll catch up with all your posts when I return. I hope you all have a wonderful week-end!
Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm VR| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015
More to come…
19 thoughts on “Harbinger of Spring”
Oh, yay! Glad you got to see some Cedar Waxwings :-). I love watching and hearing them. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. The fresh green leaves in your first photo are soooo dreamy…. They’ll be hear soon-ish. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you! You have a great week-end too!
Those birds look rather cute and social!
They are rather social and are always in a flock. They are cute aren’t they!
Beautiful pictures. I don’t see them often, but I always love seeing the Waxwings – such a striking bird!
Thank you so much Sarah! I haven’t seen them often either. The last two years seeing them in my neighborhood and where I bird has been wonderful.
I just love these!
Thank you very much Cybele! They are so neat looking aren’t they.
Beautiful photo! Sure hope it’s a harbinger:) I’ll get back to you about the settings to take a pic of the hummingbird on Wed. – when I’m closing the Linky list for the challenge Seasons – Enjoy your weekend!
Thank you so much Jesh! Good luck wrapping up your Linky list.
Oh Deborah, that second photo is stunning! Berries always add a nice touch to a bird shot, but with the Cedar Waxwing’s distinct contrasting, WOW! Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy the kids!
Thank you so much Donna!
We had fun, and laugh a lot when we’re together.
Beautiful photos today. Enjoy Yosemite!
Thank you Dan! I didn’t get the image I hoped for, but it was fun!
Oh, yeah, waxwings! I love these birds. Here they signal fall…. Sounds like a great weekend you have lined up~enjoy!
The colors and the birds are amazing! You really capture everything so well, but the birds are amazing! You have such a way of capturing their personalities and surroundings! Lovely
Thank you very much Lynn for this lovely comment! You put a smile on my face and heart this morning! xx
I am in awe of your photography! I love the way your photos make me feel, either peaceful and soft or spring like and gorgeous! thanks