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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!



Eastern Wood Pewee


This little Eastern Wood Pewee was spotted sitting upright.  The bird perched on top of an utility conduit pipe at the side of the road here in the development.  I seldom see these cute tiny birds here. This is the second one I have spotted recently.  The Eastern Wood Pewee is a fly catching bird.

There is a cattle pasture located across the road from where I saw this bird, so it likely enjoyed a lot of flying insects.  I think that this is a migrating bird visiting here for the Winter.  I took these pictures at twilight on October 16, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Lesser Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs were visiting the pond here on Sunday, October 20, 2013 when I took these pictures.   This is the first time I have seen these birds.  The Yellowlegs have migrated here from way up North in Canada and in the Northern U.S.A.

The Yellowlegs (there also are Greater Yellowlegs) spend the Winter in Central America and sometimes in Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.  They eat small fish, amphibians, aquatic insects and shoreline insects and worms.  These waders like to explore the shallows of ponds, rivers, lakes, marshes, and ocean shorelines.  I was thrilled to see the Yellowlegs here!  By the way, this pond was the same one where I had earlier seen the Juvenile Ibis.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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The Yellow-Rumped Warblers Visit

A Couple of Yellow-Rumped Warblers came by the little farm on Saturday, February 18, 2012.  I snapped a picture of one of these little beauties on the roof of my shed, and one in a nearby Oak Tree.  I know that the pictures are not that great but I do think that these are Yellow-Rumped Warblers that are not yet in their breeding plumage.  Many migrating birds are in passage now.  Our weather is a real mix of warm and cold lately here in middle Tennessee.  I imagine that our strange weather is tricking birds into moving earlier than normal by a week or two.  Who can say?

The Yellow-Rumped Warblers eat both insects and fruit and seeds.  They are very small sparrow-sized birds that tend to fly in the company of finches, titmice and chickadees.  All are similar in size to the Yellow-Rumped Warbler.  I am very happy to see a greater variety of birds stopping by the yard here.  I also saw House Finches, Tufted Titmice, an American Robin, Eastern Bluebirds, a Morning Dove, White-Breated Nuthatches, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and Starlings.  I took the pictures on Feb. 18, 2012. If by chance, I have mis-identified the birds, please let me know.  I am always happy to have the help of seasoned “Birders”!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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