Saturday, June 11, 2011

Getting down to things.

The neighbourhood is a-twitter with newly fledged house finches and a-squawk with needy baby starlings.

Cedar Waxwings, on the other hand, are just now thinking about nest construction.  One explanation is that they time their reproductive cycle so that the arrival of young coincides with the ripening of berries.

Another is that they are preoccupied with looking so good.

7 comments:

sarah said...

they are staggeringly beautiful, aren't they. wow. lucky you.

Patricia Lichen said...

Gad, I love your descriptions and your photos (even tho I don't always comment).
Blog on!

Hugh said...

Sarah, yes, they're a lot of people's favourite songbird.

Patricia, Thank you for your kind words. And that is the first appearance of "gad" on my blog. Once Googlebot finds it, the sky's the limit!

Victoria said...

As un-scientific as it probably is, I can't help but assign personalities to bird species... Canada geese are a little judgmental, cormorants are gossipy, eagles are a little rough around the edges, osprey are just crazy, jays are total punks, and now I can add vain waxwings. :)

biobabbler said...

Waxwings are justifiably self-congratulatory. Can you possibly look MORE DASHING? JEEPers. Nice shots, thanks!

Kim and Victoria said...

We didn't get to see any Cedar Waxwings on their way through here this year. Such a lovely bird.

Urban Wild said...

That's a terrific photo!