BPW: Cedar Waxwing

by John Briggs on March 8, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog, Wildlife

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing - Bath, Maine | Click thumbnail for larger view

I arose bright and early this morning to take the trash out for pickup. While walking out the drive, I heard the high pitched call notes of the Cedar Waxwing. I looked around and spied 15 of these beautiful birds in a maple tree along our property line. I slipped back into the house and grabbed my camera, hoping on the way back outside that the Waxwings were still around.

They were still there! I walked across the yard and positioned myself beside a spruce tree. Several of the birds flew away due to my movement and, unfortunately, two were Bohemian Waxwings. I felt like banging my head into the tree! The Bohemian Waxwing has eluded my lens since I began photographing birds. One of these days….

I took several photos of the birds before the garbage truck arrived and scared them away. As I walked back to the house, an adult Bald Eagle flew overhead and disappeared behind the ridge across the road. I heard birds signing everywhere: Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Blue Jays, and American Goldfinch. Two pair of male and female Purple Finch were at our feeders yesterday and we saw two Turkey Vultures flying high over the ridge. Spring is coming!

Another sure sign that spring is around the corner happened Saturday morning. I watched a pair of adult Bald Eagles doing a mating cartwheel display high above our cove. The display begins high in the air with the two birds darting and diving at each other, until they lock talons and drop in a spinning free fall, until the last possible moment before slamming into the ground, they separate. Talk about awesome! I can only hope that if I see this again in my lifetime, it will be close enough to capture some photos. Later in the afternoon, I watched another adult carry a branch to a tree directly across the cove from our backyard.

I love this time of year. Although we still get snowstorms well into April, and sometimes May, spring is just around the corner and migratory birds are on the move. Sugaring is going full throttle and the sugar houses are making maple syrup. It won’t be long and we will see buds on the trees and the first flowers of spring will sweeten the air with their aroma.

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings - Bath, Maine | Click thumbnail for larger view

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings - Bath, Maine | Click thumbnail for larger view

Happy birding!



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