Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Waxwings for WBW

These are not the best photos of Cedar Waxwings, by any means.  They are, however, the best I've ever been able to snap.  These birds migrate through NE Texas fleetingly and always seem to arrive at Run*A*Round on overcast, gray days.  This year, for the first time, I was able to catch a few in intermittent sunlight.






Belly up to the bar, boys!

112 comments:

Carole Meisenhelter said...

they're a really striking little bird; bet they move fast too, darting here and there. Lovely photos.

holdingmoments said...

Beautiful birds Theresa.
We get their cousins, the Bohemian Waxwing here in the winter months.

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh what beauties! Where are they heading when they're passing you?

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I think your photos are fabulous, T. Love the last one with them gathered around the water. :)

Snapper II said...

I love these birds, we get a few but not many like we once did.

Kathy said...

I think your pictures are great. I love those little dabs of red on their wing feathers. They're early this year. Ours were here last March. They only stay about three days - just long enough to strip every berry in sight. They are actually known to get drunk from eating so many berries!

Catherine said...

Such pretty birds! I only them in 'real life' once. They are fantastic!
xo Catherine

Deb said...

beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

Oh my, . . . I find your pictures of the Cedar Waxwings fabulous, wonderful, perfect. I love the dust, steel gray/grey look in their wing and the tiny hints of amber and white. I really, really like birds and enjoy watching them. Ours are so confused. Yesterday it was in the 40's with blue skies and still not a bit of snow. People are out playing golf, riding bikes, it feels like springtime. It is as strange as can be for Michigan, next to the lake. We usually get lake affect snows daily . . . The other day I saw Cardinals and Juncos playing with Blue Jays in the grass . . . Yes, actually friendly and playing and truly frolicking around in the green grass! Happy as larks!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They look pretty sleek with those black face masks!

Christian said...

Wow! You have them too. We, in England get a small number from Scandinavia in particularly harsh winters, which this one is not, so we may not see many at all.

Dan Huber said...

Fantastic images. One of my favorite birds to watch.

dan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, I love the little waxwings!! I do get to see them passing through and I love the smooth, pefect, soft gray!! They are exquisite little guys and gals. blessings ~ tanna

Hound Girl said...

Stunning. I had no idea they passed through or even what they were. Too cool.

Sandra said...

the 3rd one down and the belly up are wonderful. i can see the colors so good on the third and it looks like a New years party is about to start on the last one.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These might be my favorite birds of all time. I've been told that they don't follow a regular migratory path, so that you won't necessarily see them in the same place two years in a row. Sounds like they love the RunARound though enough to pop in regularly. I don't blame them.

Candy C. said...

What pretty birds! I especially like the last picture (and caption)! :)

Hilary said...
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Hilary said...

That was poorly worded, so I'm trying again.

They're quite the beauties but I've never managed a decent, closeup shot of them, myself. It's cool that you saw several and your images are a treat. Be sure to send them back this way, come spring.

Woody said...

I can see why you like to photograph them, they are very regal looking, nice job!!

joo said...

they are so beautiful!

Jill said...

These are wonderful photos of these beautiful birds!

Lois Evensen said...

What pretty birds! Nice shots!

edenhills said...

They look like amazing pictures to me!

parker said...

Little masked bandits. Steal all your berries and are gone!

wayside wanderer said...

We used to get visits from these guys. Before they left they would deposit self processed berries all over our deck. :P

latebloomerbuds said...

T!!! These are beautiful captures and look like little paintings. What glorious little birds. Love the bar comment and group shot! Margie

deb duty said...

These are fabulous! So clear and sharp and I love that green background. I miss the green grass!

Ellie said...

What pretty little birds, they are so colourful as well. You have captured them very well :))

Farmchick said...

Sweet little things!

Ginger said...

Really great pictures!

bailey-road.com said...

They are such beautiful birds!

Mom of M&Ms said...

I can only find a female cardinal.. who is busy eating the pears off my tree...

Beautiful shots...love them all together.

icedgurl said...

trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!

cheers!
..TREK..

Sondra said...

WOW...Ive never seen the waxwings at a bird bath..thats VERY COOL, excellent shots.

Bob Bushell said...

They are amazing, I love them.

AudreyO said...

I always love looking at the colors and markings on animals. The birds you captured have some very clear coloring on them. Nice shots.

Jedediah said...

Gorgeous birds. The third photo is lovely and shows off the feather tips very nicely.

Rita said...

Gosh they are handsome birds! They look like they are all decked up and ready for the ball. ;)

Pricilla said...

They are such pretty little birds. I have only seen photos

Sylvia K said...

You did indeed get some great shots, Theresa! But then you always do! Beautiful bird! I've really enjoyed learning so much about birds from your posts! Thanks! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

barbara l. hale said...

I think these pics are pretty darn good! I love, love, love Cedar Waxwings. They are so beautiful I don't think they look like they are real.

Evelyn S. said...

I so love those birds....and I love that funny call they make! I haven't seen any here this year at all....generally, a few make a quick stop at the scraggly juniper bush behind our house. It's wonderful that they gathered around the water that way. The Run-A-Round Ranch is a great stopover---that's easy to see.

beth said...

i totally miss my waxwings....none have been seen here yet this winter, but since it doesn't feel or look like winter, maybe they're fooled, too :(

ellen abbott said...

I guess I can expect them to be passing through any day now. last year I saw a whole flock that hung around for about a day.

Nature Rambles said...

They are really beautiful! You got some excellent shots!

Becca said...

I always enjoy the birds you show. You have so many different varieties!

Susan said...

Never seen one before. Beautiful birds and really good shots of them.

Brita said...

Lovely pictures of the birds. I dont know if its the same bird we have here in the north of Sweden, but i think they looks very lika ours.
Have o good day/Mvh Brita

Paula said...

Beautiful birds. We actually had a male cardinal at the bird feeder last week. That is about as pretty as we get other then the hummers which of course are gone now. We have lots of cardinals at the ranch so I guess they are just not city dudes and gals.

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice capture! Beautiful birds!!

Andrew said...

Beautiful birds to see.. and only during harsh winters in the UK.

Rohrerbot said...

Love the shots!! What a beautiful bird! Thanks for the suggestion on the word verification. I took it off and will try it out. Hope you are having a great holiday!!

Deb said...

those are awesome...it has been so dreary here hard to get nice photos..

Gary said...

They're beauties, and one of my favourites. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Roan said...

They are beautiful birds! Again, lucky you. Oh, and the granddaughter is now 12 years old. Guess I didn't word my post very well. lol

Robin said...

T, nice captures! I have always found that shooting Waxwings was a challenge! I don't know why, but I have only manage a couple of half decent shots of them. Thus they are my nemesis bird!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Cindy said...

Such beautiful birds. Great pictures! They are so fidgety, I could never get a picture of them!

Dave said...

Indeed these are wonderful birds. Here in the UK we are desperatly waiting for our influx.... it is very mild at the moment so we may be waiting a while longer

Chatty Crone said...

Cedar Waxwings - they are so pretty. And I like the last one - up to the bar boys. sandie

The Village Queen said...

Love that last photo. so neat to see so many together. Well done!

Ms. ~K said...

Wow, the last shot blew me away...I saw Bohemian Waxwings in AK a couple of years ago...awesome!
~K

Arija said...

Great work Theresa! Love the third shot as though he had just had a fresh paint job.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos of those beauties!! I was hoping they should visit me last fall, but they didnt :(

Giga said...

Aż sześć naraz pięknych ptaszków, to miałaś szczęście :-). Pozdrawiam

Zondra Art said...

Nice photos! Such a cute little bird!:)
Greetings!

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous shots of the beautiful birds!
Wish I could see them here.

EG Wow said...

I really love cedar waxwings! I find it interesting that you have them there in Texas at the same time I have them here in Ontario! :)

KAT said...

Great waxwing photos you got ! I love these birds...they arrive in flocks and eat all the berries in the trees.

Farm Girl said...

I haven't seen any of these yet, you are right about cold and gray days. They will come in about January and leave before March.
I enjoy seeing them.

dr momi said...

....belly up to the bar. LOL Great shot!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful birds, Theresa! I really love the last shot at the birdbath. Great captures.

NixBlog said...

Lovely shots of these birds.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Neat colors! Love the yellow belly and red dots on the wings:@)

A Quiet Corner said...

Waxwings are SOOOOO gorgeous!...:)JP

Larry Ostby said...

I love Ceder Waxwings, they're beautiful. You did a great job catching their colors.

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa....love them.. just beautiful!!
We get both the Bohemian and the Cedar here!!
Grace

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Waxwings are so beautiful. I especially like that last shot.

Ann said...

lovely, were you following the same pair in your top photos?

mick said...

Great photos of the Waxwings. Like you - I have some birds that have been coming to my yard only on grey and wet days. I am still waiting!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Theresa, Cedar Waxwings are my favorite songbird and you have done these beauties very proud with the lovely photographs!

bj said...

Oh my...you did, indeed, get some awesome shots. Girl, you are a killer with that camera.
By the amount of comments you get daily, everyone agrees with me. :)
xoxo

stardust said...

How beautiful! Seeing wildlife around you through your photography and narratives with your touch has been a great pleasure to me throughout the year, though concerned the drought condition in summer. Wish you and your family all the best for 2012.

Yoko

Connie Smiley said...

Wonderful shots. These birds migrate through our area, and I love them too.

Connie Smiley said...

Wonderful shots. These birds migrate through our area, and I love them too.

Randy said...

They are so cute!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It isn't enough that you tease me with just one Waxwing, you end the series with a whole herd of them! I like these birds!

Angela said...

Wow! Those are amazing! I love all the different colors they have and that black mask! Sweet!

Leenie said...

Okay, you've got a ba-zillion comments already but I'll add my congrats on some superb photos. We see these little guys flit through about the time our cherries are ripening. They can almost clean out a whole tree in a few days. Clever, pretty and I love their little "zee! zee!" call. Just wish they were better sharers.

Log Cabin Studio said...

One of my favorite birds,so sleek and beautiful.Lovely photos....Thanks for the nice comments on my site.
Happy New Year.
Caroline

Angad Achappa said...

Lovely pics of these beautiful birds... :)

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, I love the little "masks" they wear.

Margaret said...

Well, look at those tail feathers! Wow.

SweetMarie said...

These birds are so beautiful. They look so soft and velvety.
Great photos!

heyBJK said...

I love the lighting! Very nice! And that last photo is fantastic!

NicoleB said...

I love them. They are such beautiful fellows!
And hey, better get any photos than none, besides, these are lovely!

Montanagirl said...

Nice images! They're such a sleek and beautiful bird.

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

Cedar Waxwings usually stop at our place when winter is over as they go back north. They do strip our holly trees in one or two days and leave lots of blue droppings on the wooden walkway... as their tip.
This spring there will be no berries on our holly due to the extreme dry and hot summer. One wonders how they will find food on their trek home?
You got some excellent shots and the birth bath is the best place for glamour shots!
Love to you and a Happy New Year!

Mariette

Michael Manning said...

That final photo was terrific! Always fun to stop by here and catch up!!!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

glad to see this.

what a beautiful bird!
lovely shots, too.

Springman said...

Doesn't your heart pump faster when you spot a waxwing? They are such a challenge! Nice captures Theresa. A happy new year to you!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They are such pretty birds and your photos capture their beauty. I have learned so much about different birds from your blog and others. Quite fun.

Daniel said...

Gorgeous!!!

pattisjarrett said...

These are so beautiful, love them circling the "watering hole." We saw a huge flock of them here one year, eating the fruit of a stand of trees near a Home Depot. This was before my camera-toting days, sadly.

Joe said...

Now that's a crew in the last pic :).

don said...

These are very good shots to me who has never seen one of these in person. A very nice series. It's neat to see them doing things together.

Larry said...

These are great shots of the Cedar Waxwings Theresa! That last shot where they're crowded around the water bowl is very cool!

BlueShell said...

ho, dear...what an amazing set of photos.....

bon bon said...

oh, so many! they are such elegant little things! great pix!

Hilke Breder said...

Great shots! Love the one of them sitting around the bird bath.

Here I Am Carrie Carrie said...

Arn't they such a beautiful bird. We get them in the spring and they eat all the blossom petals off one of our apples trees. Have also seen them in the late fall eating crapapples left on the tree. I just love this birds.

Rose said...

They are beautiful...I finally saw some this fall, but they were too far away for a good shot and not still for even a minute.

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