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Old Feb 19, 2010, 6:55 AM   #1
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Our Eastern Red Cedar tree's berries are beginning to ferment, and that means "party time" for a lot of birds. Was passing a Cedar thicket yesterday, and noticed all the feathered commotion. Came back with camera to record some of the festivities.

There were at least a dozen Flickers at the cedars, but they were the shiest of the bunch, and took off before I could get any good shots. But here are a few fair photos of one flicker (and a friend) waiting for me to leave...
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Of course, Cedar trees mean snacks for Cedar Waxwings. These were the noisy guys that first drew my attention to the cedar party. Much too fast for my slow hands & brain, but got a few shots of these "party animals."
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Was surprised to learn that Robins like these berries too. They seemed to prefer to get them off the ground under the tree. Berries must also make Robins very thirsty - they kept flying from under tree to puddle and back.
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Also surprised to see a few Bluebirds at the Cedar party. I knew they liked berries, but not partying!
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Old Feb 19, 2010, 7:01 AM   #5
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Got a lot more Bluebird photos, which I will post over at the Wildlife section of the forum.

Forecast for today is sunshine (first in a long time!), so hope to have some time to return for better photos and better views on a brighter day.

Hope you enjoyed the party with the birds and the Cedar trees, and hope your winter woods are also full of discoveries!

Thanks for any comments & critiques!!
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Another great series, Mole. That CWW is certainly an interesting bird. Kind of like the raccoon of the bird world Great coloring and the shape is so jay-like.
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Very nice series. Enjoyed being a party peeper. :-)
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Nice series Mole! I still haven't been able to get any good shots of the CWW around here, way too shy. I love the last one of the BB too, outstanding shot!
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Wow, thanks for sharing these!

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Very nice series! The Cedar Wax Wings are interesting birds, but really this whole series is good. Flickers are pretty shy birds - they aren't uncommon but I've only managed one or two pictures.
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