Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beautiful Birds on a Beautiful Day

Don't know what they are doing...

Does anyone know what these birds are called? I don't recall ever seeing them here in our yard before last weekend and I am fascinated by them. They're gorgeous. And they provided me with my first photography session in a long while. I saw a bird commotion while looking out the kitchen window and after a few shots from inside, I went out, accompanied by Smokey. That was interesting.

Birds on branches

Got some great shots and a cool video of them (on YouTube if you want to see it) doing their bird thing, whatever that was. I couldn't tell if they were drinking or eating. I have never seen birds gather like that in that hole in the pecan tree. I have, however, seen squirrel activity up there. Perhaps the birds got into a stash hidden by the squirrels. Not sure and it's too high up for me to check. Darn.


The beautiful blue sky day last just Saturday. It's been cold, gray and rainy since Sunday and we are all ready for some sunshine. The great news is that the rain will hopefully mean gloriously rich fields of color as the wildflowers bloom this year. I'm hoping for millions of wildflowers. I miss them so and our drought last year meant very few flowers. It was so sad. Here's to a better year this time around.

Speaking of starting off a new year, guess what Sunday is? NOT just Valentine's Day. Guess.

6 comments:

hopeseguin said...

great pictures of these distinctive birds!

Antjas said...

They almost look plastic like pink flamingos. These curious birds that look like the Lone Ranger are Cedar Waxwings and in these parts, they love to eat the blue berries on the cedar trees.

AlanDP said...

I have never seen cedar waxwings around here before. Wow.

Thiên said...

Thanks for letting us know! They did remind me of the masked hero. :)

Tuano said...

Happy New Year, sis.
Yes, these are Cedar Waxwings and they love cedar and rowan berries. Very gregarious, too. This species appears throughout North America. I found a dead one in my friend's garden last month and looked up its identification.

helenmac said...

wonderful photos of the waxwings. They are headed for us (SW Michigan) and actually even further north. They are a treat for us to see as they come through.