Friday, June 27, 2008

A Pretty Bird: Cedar Waxwing


There are so many beautiful birds that I hesitate to say which is the prettiest. Of course such a statement would only be that of my own personal opinion so with that in mind I can only state that in my opinion the Cedar Waxwing is high on my list.

My closest encounter with the Cedar Waxwings this year occurred on a day when our cherries were ripe. As I stood under the tree picking cherries, a pair of Cedar Waxwings busied themselves picking in the tree top. I could not begrudge the birds the fruit for many years ago the tree was planted by a bird and grew up wild in what was then a fence row. When I cleared the fencerow to make way for my humble abode over thirty years ago, I allowed the tree to stand. Since moving here the birds and I share the tasty cherries when they ripen each season.

The birds always get the lions share but that is as it should be, for without their ancestors the cherry tree would not exist.

12 comments:

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Salty! I can understand why the Cedar Waxwing is high on your list. They are a very beautiful bird. Lisa

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

It is indeed a beautiful bird.

Although they are not responsible for planting the tree, I always end up sharing my figs with the birds; in fact, I'm lucky if I get a handful.. and there are a lot of them.

DeeMom said...

super photo

Great bird for sure

Jack and Joann said...

I've never seen a cedar waxwing in Northern Virginia but I have seen lots of those wild orange daylilies. We call them sideditch lilies and they do bloom when summer is in full swing here in Virginia. Great photography!

Kerri said...

Oh Salty, they are one of my favorite birds too! I actually posted a Cedar Waxwing on my Skywatch shot!

They look like little bandits with their black masks!

Dina said...

Hi Salty,
I like your attitude here.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Salty! I'm back. If you have a chance, please stop by my blog. I have something there for you. Lisa

Old Wom Tigley said...

I rarely see these Salty... they do come over hre in thehardest of winters, but it's been well over 20 years since I saw them.. They are very beautiful though..

Tom

fishing guy said...

Salty: A truly beautiful looking bird nicely captured.

photowannabe said...

The birds got the lions share of our cherries too. Mainly we couldn't reach those in the top branches. Beautiful waxwing. I don't think we have any of those here either.
I like your philosophy on sharing the fruit.

bobbie said...

You can't choose favorites. They are all so beautiful.

What a nice story of the tree planted by a bird.

I've seen your Sky Watch, and since Lisa, the Villas Girl, talks about your blog, I had to come see for myself. I like it!

i beati said...

never see here