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Cedar Waxwings Swarm a Holly Oak

 

Cedar Waxwings are a lovely songbird that love to eat berries.  Our neighbors have three Holly Oak trees that are full of bright red and tasty for birds, berries.  A few days ago, I noticed a large flock of birds circling around the neighborhood alighting on tall trees and then moving on to another area of trees.

Since I believed that these birds were Cedar Waxwings from their appearance and behavior, I watched from a distance while the birds swarmed the Holly Oaks taking berries with abandon!  Quite the sight.  I had to stay pretty far away because whenever the birds spotted me, off they would fly.

I think my neighborhood is on the normal migration route for these birds on their trip back up North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Cedar Waxwings, Cardinals, Carolina Wren, and a Northern Mockingbird

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That gigantic flock of Cedar Waxwings returned a few days ago to the large Juniper Tree here on my street.  This time the flock returned to ripe or over ripe berries festooning the branches of the tree.  Because these berries do ferment when overly ripe, the birds can sometimes get intoxicated from ingesting them!  Lots of really big loop de loops in the skies.  I believe the birds came out OK though and did not get harmed by this.

I also noticed a family of Northern Cardinals across the way on the roof of a home here.  I also noticed a Carolina Wren and probably what was a Palm Warbler near the Northern Cardinal.

Some of the homes are seasonal and this one has not had proper maintenance as evidenced by the saplings growing in the rain gutter.  It is not uncommon in Florida to see this when the gutters get clogged with leaves and wind or birds drop seeds on the roof.  The birds were hunting for insects and also seeds on the roof.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Yard Birds

I took these pictures in my yard on various days in the past 2 weeks.  I think that the large flock flying over the pasture is a flock of Brown-headed Cow Birds but don’t hold me to it.  It was getting dark and the birds were flying fast.  They had been perched in the Oaks across the pond and just flew off all at once.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Starlings

European Starlings have come in big numbers several times this year.  Starlings here feed in the grassy yards and cow pastures.  The neighbor’s pasture across the pond has more than forty acres of open space where the birds can find lots of insects to eat.  They perch in several larger trees both here and across the pond.

European Starlings mostly eat insects as well as several types of grains and seeds.  The European Starlings have slender, sharp bills.  The males are iridescent blue-black with brown areas, and are very attractive birds.  The females are a lighter version of the males.  Although these birds have been in the United States a long time, the European Starlings are natives of Europe.  I took these pictures on September 4, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Huge Flock of European Starlings

These European Starlings were out on my next door neighbor’s back pasture.  I took these pictures from my back yard on July 21, 2012 in the late afternoon.  There had to be about two hundred Starlings feeding in the newly mown grass.  It was a very interesting sight.  I don’t think I have seen so many birds at once here.  Starlings do tend to form large flocks.  They like eating grubs and insects and also will occasionally eat seeds.  They have a long slender bill that is perfect for digging in the grass.

Starlings are iridescent black with purple, and brown tones.  The females are a lighter tone in color with more brown showing.  They like to perch way up in the crown of tall trees.  One thing that is also interesting to me, is that I have noticed that the Starlings will move forward on a pasture in groups in a wave like movement.  Part goes forward and then the middle moves along and then the rear follows.  I am showing this great big flock in different pictures since I did not have a wide panoramic lens.  To see the larger photo, please click on the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

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