It was a feeding frenzy in the garden today. Seems the holly berries are finally perfectly ripe. The Cedar Waxwings have been watching the bushes for several weeks now and began hitting the bush hard today. Along with Robins and Bluebirds and one solitary Hermit Thrush.
Popular was also the heated birdbath. What a fun day to stay home and bird. Got to practice with my camera a lot due to the tough lighting conditions.
Sorry, it’s cheesy but I can’t resist. It sounds like you had a berry good day of bird watching and the photos are great for a day with bad lighting!
Thanks Jerry ! It was really berry fun. 🙂
beautiful photos and beautiful birds 🙂
Thank you so much Miss Poutine.
Have seen birds actually get drunk after eating holly berries that hadn’t been frost bitten first!
Isn’t that the funniest thing to see? A drunk bird? I had one in my driveway last summer after some overripe mulberries. Nothing like Mulberry wine.
As always, so beautiful…! 🙂
I just tweeted ‘The early sunday morning sound of birds’ and than I see your images. I see (imaginative ‘hear’) different sounds. Beautiful photographs!!! Thanks.
You are so sweet to share this with your followers. Thank you so much!
How very beautiful! That Cedar Waxwing is simply stunning. Funny enough, this weekend in GB, we are holding a Big Garden Birdwatch, in which we have to watch our garden for a whole hour and record how many birds of each family we see. I did mine earlier on: a lovely way to spend an hour on a wet and cold Sunday morning. My only disappointment was that our beautiful Greenfinch didn’t show up today, but the Robins and Blue Tits did!
I bet you had great fun with your Big Garden Birdwatch. Thank you so much for sharing and Blue Tits are so beautiful.
Beautiful images Em
What a wonderful collection!
Thank you so much Denise.
These are really beautiful. The colors of the birds you were able to capture stand out so nicely. I’ve always thought Waxwings were beautiful and I think you highlighted them here. Sure wouldn’t think you ever had a Polar Vortex! We’re still getting a bit of a winter storm here though not nearly as crazy.
Great birding session!
You are truly too kind LP. We had the bird frenzy on Saturday, and all the spring birds disappeared the next day. Think they heard that we’re getting single digits temperatures again tomorrow. 😦
Oh man, we’re back to snow, snow, wind, snow, cold, wind, snow…you get it. Did some decent shoveling today because I had to.
I think Saturday was actually the say I saw the first Flicker I’ve ever seen around this neighborhood and anywhere in a long time. Unfortunately I was trying to catch squirrels digging for stale cereal in the snow and hiding out in a stack of pallets when I turned and saw it flying away.
Sounds like the birds were getting what they could while they could, lucky you. Makes me realize this spring I need to put more effort into attracting more birds to my yard. I’ve got House Sparrows in abundance outside of a pair of Cardinals they’re my regulars. Ya know I saw the Downy Woodpecker the say I saw the Flicker too, who also hasn’t been too common around here.
Oh my! And you just made me remember… a week maybe two ago I heard this beautiful repetitive song as I walked my dog (ah it was near the end of the Arctic/Polar Vortex). I’m a new wanna-be birder (like I think I said before, I used to when I was a young girl and loved it!) so the song stuck out real bad, wasn’t used to hearing it. I stopped and scanned the nearby trees and bushes for the source of this song I don’t usually hear. Lady across the street shoveling seemed to wonder what I was doing. As I look on Google now I really think it was a Carolina Wren.
You’ve definitely inspired me to get back on the birding train and get better at this craft. Thank you!! (No 365 for me today, still gonna do it but not get too hung up, though I did get 6,000 words for the week)
Nice talking to you, stay warm and keep up the great photography.
Fantastic shots! Cheers my frozen Minnesota heart… (love Waxwing’s- and all the rest, too!)
However are you surviving in Minnesota? I can’t even imagine what it is like with your arctic weather there. And the heating bills – insane. Warm wishes from Maryland.
Thank you! Many layers, warm kitties- and fantastic photos from people in saner places keep us going :)!
I can’t even imagine. I’m having a hard enough time here. Smart to train the kitties to be foot warmers.
Like the others, I am in awe of the beauty of the Cedar Waxwing. Wonderful shots of a wide variety of birds.
Hi Mike ! Great to see you !! The Waxwings were so much fun to watch. Wish they lived here all the time. Sometimes my garden really surprises me.
A beautiful series of photos, and what wonderful visitors you have.
I was truly lucky to have decided to stay home that day. Otherwise I would have missed this glorious visits.
I LOVE birds, and these photographs are incredible. THANKS.
Thank you so much Pam.