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Old Jan 24, 2012, 5:15 PM   #1
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Cedar Waxwings and Robins drinking their fill. Our Youpon bushes were full of ripe berries until this mob showed up. The Waxwings are my favorites. These photos were taken through a double pane picture window at 300mm fl.
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 6:55 PM   #2
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Love that first shot. lots of action.
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Old Jan 25, 2012, 6:52 AM   #3
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Agree with Mugmar, like that first one.

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Love the expression on the robins' face - "Oh brother, who are these guys..???"
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Great job on some great action photos! Looks like your Cedar Waxwings are as aggressive as ours. It's especially amusing to see a forlorn Mockingbird vainly trying to defend his berry thicket from the crowds of "masked berry bandits!"
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 8:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for your comments, all. The Robins are probably amazed at the activity level that the Waxwings operate at.
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I love Waxwings... only once have they visited Bangor in my lifetime- Nov' 10- due to particularly harsh winter that year...
Caught at some distance with a Canon S3is...
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Simon, those appear to be a different race from ours. The coloration seems more muted and the tips of the tail feathers are not the bright yellow we see here. They certainly seem to flock like ours though.
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I love the Cedar Waxwings, too, Streets. They are a favorite from my childhood. I believe Simon's photo is of a flock of Bohemian Waxwings.

Right now I'm staying in Northern Wisconsin. Yesterday I looked out and saw a flock (50+) of Cedar Waxwings in the tree. What a delight it was to see them at this time of year as I think it's pretty unusual to see them this far north in the winter. I managed a few photos so I know I'm not crazy.

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