Masked Bandits showed up at the Manor today. A grand theft of holly berries occurred.
All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
Marquis de Sade
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Great photos of one of my favorite species of birds! They always seem so cheerful, even when engaged in theft. 😉
I agree, they are one of most favorite birds also. 🙂
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Great photos! Love these birds; I wish there were more around here. I see them very rarely so always a pleasure to find them in my feed!
I wish they would stick around too. Actually, I’ve seen them this winter more than usual. Usually it’s just one visit, but this year it’s been three.
Cool birds 😊. How’s the camera & lens?
Seriously broken Mark, to the tune of almost $1,000. I never know exactly what they fix until I get the kit back and see the service report. Should be back by Wednesday. Woo Hoo!!
Ilex berries are such a commodity! 🐦
Would you by chance know the name of this HUGE holly bush? Many birders ask as they want one too so that they can draw in the birds.Thanks.
I see your Zone 7. Most ilex need a boy plant within 50 feet to pollinate it, so be sure to buy a boy & girl: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=263264&isprofile=1&basic=ilex
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=249170&isprofile=1&basic=ilex Although this one does not require a boy. I’d go with this one if you can find it. I see Monrovia has a variety they are promoting. You should be able to order from your local nursery. They are a ‘big’ name. http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/216/fosters-holly/ I hope that helped!
These are super Ilex ! Thank you so very much for these references. I’ve been wondering for a long time what type these were. Love that the birds love them. But boy do they grow big!
They are so beautiful!! In your pictures especially they almost look like they’re made out of wax as opposed to feathers, they look so sleek.
You’re right ! I never thought about the name of “Waxwing” actually meaning anything. They are quite glossy and the images are always tough to get the color right. Thanks LP. 🙂
Cheers to you!
I love the cedar wax wings. I’m waiting for them to arrive here. They usually show up around this time of year but haven’t seen them yet.
Everything has been several weeks behind. Let’s hope the summer is not fast and hot.
What magnificent birds and pictures! And with all those berries, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s autumn! Happy thieving.
LOL ! You are too funny Fatima ! I’m guessing you’re back on line right? Hope you’re doing well and have a fun adventure planned soon.
Cute little fellas! You caught them red-handed. 😀
Yep, I sure did. They waited in the tree until my friend and I stepped further away. Seems we were within their comfort zone. As soon as moved they started hitting the bush again. 🙂