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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!

Cedar Waxwings

Soon they were taking turns flying down to the bush with  luscious, ripe red berries   beneath this tree.

Cdear Waxwing Feast

… and one was shy,

Cedar Waxwing

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…





  1. 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!

  2. Those birds look rather cute and social!

  3. 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.

  4. I just love these!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Beautiful photos today. Enjoy Yosemite!

  8. Oh, yeah, waxwings! I love these birds. Here they signal fall…. Sounds like a great weekend you have lined up~enjoy!

  9. 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

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