cedar waxwing migration

rober49March 11, 2014

I'm just out of st Louis & cedar waxwing sightings have been few & far between. looked out the window this morning & I could tell by it's sihlouette that this was not one of my regular birds. put the binoculars on it & it was a cedar waxwing. within 5 minutes there were at least a dozen. they've hung around all morning. I hope a pair moves into one our birdhouses

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shillanorth Z4 AB

Such lovely birds.....lucky you!!!!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 6:54PM
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rober49

went out in the afternoon & I counted 27 of them in a hackberry at the back of my lot & a few more drifting from tree to tree. heard a hawk call so I looked straight up & spotted a flock of pelicans riding the thermals. an hour later spotted a kestrel on a power line. twas a good day to look up!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 9:25PM
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Konrad___far_north

Good for you!
It's the time of the year again and the cycle of live starts all over,..flocks will break apart when breeding and nesting, they don't nest in a bird house,...in trees.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:08PM
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rober49

great photos. I figured out the bird house thing when I drew a blank searching for cedar wax wing houses. I do have plenty of trees though......

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:00PM
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myfrozenlittlepond

Those are beautiful photos, konrad. We see waxwings here in northern wisconsin but I have never seen a nest. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:20PM
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Konrad___far_north

Thank you all!
Yesterday, a flock of similar species, Bohemian Waxwing in our neighborhood.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 11:49PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Great pics of the waxwings, as usual, Konrad. Did your wife get her annual wonderful pictures of the Bohemian Waxwing invasion?

Claire

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 10:09AM
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Konrad___far_north

Yes she did! It seems they stick around for several weeks/month until flock disperses for breeding,.. still lots of Crab Apples, Mountain Ash, High bush Cranberry, Chokecherries, Russian Olive etc. around, they might even pick off new buds on trees. Only had ones a nest in the backyard around 25 years ago in a little spruce trees about 4 foot up, now that tree is HUGE.
Have never seen the Cedars here in winter, they soon will be returning and I will see usually several nest out on the hobby farm, [above pictures] planted several hundred spruce trees from seeds. Hardly ever see Bohemian nest,..I'll have to ask them where they go.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:21AM
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surya55_gw

Konrad, as always, your pics are stunning! Thx for bringing the beauty of nature so close to us.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 12:55PM
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rebeccah_2009

I have never got to see one of these birds. Do they come to my area? I live in Middle TN.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 2:16PM
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mnshutterbug

For the first time I had a couple in my crabapple tree the other day. Those are cool nest shots and the photo of the Bohemians is awesome.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIi3DdVFICI&list=UUgWUFVeHbOLgjpcVfjk1jAA&feature=share&index=1

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 3:46PM
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rober49

there's 1/2 dozen that seem to be staying. I've been seeing some almost every day

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 5:25PM
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