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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3196390

Since I took over a hundred pics of Cedar Waxwings today, I will only post 6. There have been thousands of them all over our place, most of the trees have been filled most of the day.
1 of 6.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3196395

2 of 6.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:51 PM

Post #3196398

3 of 6.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:52 PM

Post #3196406

4 of 6.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:53 PM

Post #3196412

5 of 6.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
8:54 PM

Post #3196421

6 of 6.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 16, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3196447

Really nice pics trois! These guys are so space age looking.
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #3196492

They are very neat looking alright.

Thanks!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2007
9:23 PM

Post #3196520

Check through them carefully, for any with white wing bars, grey belly, and dark red under-tail coverts . . .

Resin

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

February 16, 2007
9:43 PM

Post #3196573

Do you always have so many? or are they getting ready to come up this way. If so tell them to hold off for a while, it is still way, way, too cold here. sub zero...brrrr
I love seeing these birds. They like one of our wild cherry trees and strip it quickly. Such a neat, slick looking bird. I just love them.
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
9:45 PM

Post #3196577

Resin, there are some with those markings. What does it signify?
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
9:48 PM

Post #3196587

cpartschick, they just showed up the last few days. I guess it was the extreme cold further North that drove them here.
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3196606

Resin, this is what I saw.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

February 16, 2007
10:43 PM

Post #3196741

awsome! I hope they head towards my way when it warms up again!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #3196844

Here's what you want to be looking for among them:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/waxwing_tcm3-22286.jpg
If you see one like this, it's a Bohemian Waxwing (as far south as Texas, very rare, but known during big waxwing irruptions).

Resin
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2007
11:24 PM

Post #3196853

Wow, Trois! Those are beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen a Cedar Waxwing in person. The Bohemian Waxwings are pretty neat looking, too, Resin! :-)
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 16, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3196906

So far all have yellowish bellies. I will keep watch. They are still here, for the night.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2007
12:42 AM

Post #3197122

Trois, sensational photos - how I would love to see them in person. I'd probably be shaking so hard I wouldn't be able to get a good photo!!

Pelle - you're right - they are space age looking!!!
halo
Citra, FL

February 17, 2007
12:53 AM

Post #3197157

What a gorgeous group photo that is. That is one bird I havent seen here yet, tho I know they are around here. I planted a couple of Palatka hollies hoping that their berries will entice them to visit. They only had 3 berries on them this year...okay, so they are young...so Im hoping next year there will be a better buffet to offer. What gorgeous birds...
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3197226

Thanks Murmur and halo. I have been blessed. I think they may be eating the yupon holly, as that is the only berries we have lots of now.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2007
3:14 AM

Post #3197498

Trois, Resin was describing the markings for a Bohemian Waxwing. All of the birds in your pictures are Cedar Waxwings. I'm posting a shot of Bohemian Waxwings, I took a few days ago. Notice the breasts are gray. The under side of the tail is reddish-brown. There is a Yellow bar on the wings, but none of the birds in my shot are facing so it can be seen.

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

February 17, 2007
3:57 AM

Post #3197592

Trois,

Beautiful and elegant looking birds. Thanks for sharing all your great photos with us.

Marilyn
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

February 17, 2007
3:59 AM

Post #3197600

Gras,

Thanks for sharing your great pic! I've never seen a Bohemian Waxwing before and they sure are beautiful and elegant too!

Marilyn
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
4:05 AM

Post #3197609

I have been watching for the Bohemian but none have been mixed in so far. Several times I looked up and saw over a hundred yellow bellies facing me.

Thanks

trois

PS---3 late afternoon add ons.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
4:06 AM

Post #3197614

Another shot.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
4:07 AM

Post #3197617

Last one.

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weatherguesser
Salinas, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
4:24 AM

Post #3197648

Trois, we used to get flocks of cedar waxwings about this time every year at our old house here in Salinas. There were some bushes around the outside of the back fence that were loaded with berries that apparently attracted them. They were partial to a Liquidambar tree along the road in front of my neighbor's house -- hundreds of them would roost there and poop all over his car... One day my wife opened our garage door and about 50 of them flew in and sat up in the rafters -- took us a couple of hours to get rid of the last of them (without hurting them, I might add). We decided that they gave us a pretty good clue as to the origins of the term "bird brain". They are pretty little things, though.

Jim
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 17, 2007
4:37 AM

Post #3197661

Thanks, and they are pretty. It turns out that we have most of their favorite berry plants. They could stay long time eating them all.
I wish these were that trusting.

trois

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