Waxwings Return

A group of Cedar Waxwings visited the backyard a few days ago. I was able to get nice shots that highlight the “red wax” tips on the wing feathers.

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I’m always happy when I can get a view of the bird’s claws clutching the branches in the trees as he observes his surroundings.

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The Cedar Waxwing is named for these red tip “wax-like” highlights seen in these photos.

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Camouflaged

The male and female American Goldfinch usually wait until the trees have adequate foliage to camouflage in before they begin flirting about and nesting, respectively. The male, shown here front and back, is very bright yellow with black tail and wing features and a black crown.

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The female (not shown) has no black on its head and has a brownish yellow underbelly and brown wing and tail feathers, but is also very camouflaged in bare branches and Spring leaves of the trees.

 

Honey Versus Plastic

In http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com “Kissing Cardinals”, Honey told Lionel she wanted plastic to line her nest.

Here are some more shots of her struggle to accomplish that, particularly in a stiff wind:

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Finished product !!

 

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“WHAT…? It’s my nest!”

Honey and Lionel are now awaiting a family:

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P.S. In last night’s storm, most of Honey’s hard-earned plastic blew out of the nest prior to her beginning her final egg-laying repose.

 

Our Cardinal Pair

Cardinals have been gloriously prevalent in our backyard this Spring!

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Here is the female partner of our fabulous pair gathering nesting twigs for her work along the Maumee River bank. She takes on most of the nest-building duties. She is more careful to stay hidden, using her camouflaging feathers.

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Although the beautifully red male does contribute a few items to the nest now and then and visit the female to check her progress and offer encouragement, his main objective is to guard the operations. And he makes no bones about his presence, standing tall and alert and visible. From his heights, he continuously watches over his female partner and whistles and signals to her whatever messages are necessary.

(See http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com for more.)