Not my usual backyard birds...

January 31, 2017

About a week ago, I saw a Cedar Waxwing at the birdbath a couple of times.  I kept thinking the crowd would show up any time - and last Sunday they did.  They usually come for just a day or two (one day this year) sometime between January and March.  They drink water, splash in the bird bath, and eat all the berries from my Nandina bush on the side of the house.  And then they're gone for another year.



At first the Waxwings scattered when the robin showed up, but for most of the time, they seemed to coexist.



It's amazing to see them flying around/dive-bombing as they maneuver for a place at the birdbath.



As I was trying hard to get a good shot of the crowd, all of a sudden there was a whoosh and they all took off.  When I looked up from the camera, I saw they were in the tree in the back yard.





And sitting on a branch close to the the deck was a Red-shouldered Hawk.

It took me a while to calm down and readjust my camera and tripod so I could get the best view.



The hawk was very accommodating while I was trying to get over the shock of seeing it.  It sat in one spot  - even when I moved from the back door to the kitchen window to get a better view. 



Showing off it's neck range of motion...




While I was looking through the camera, the hawk flew off.  I had no idea how long it had been there.  I would have guessed it was maybe a half hour.  But when I checked the times on the first and last pictures, I realized it had been just eleven minutes...  eleven minutes I won't soon forget.