My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Chow time!

I have some photos from Saturday that more or less go together, some are from a series of photos of a pair of song sparrows gathering food for their young, and the other series is of cedar waxwings feeding on berries, as they often do. Other than that, the photos are self-explanatory, although I am a little surprised at how sharp some of the photos of the cedar waxwing came out. You’ll see several photos of one with a berry in its beak, and at those times, the bird was really pulling to free the berries from their stems, even shaking the bush to get the berries to come loose. I almost wish that there was a little blurring to convey the action, but you can’t have everything I suppose, so here they are, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Song sparrow gathering food for its young

Now the cedar waxwings.

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

As an added bonus, a bad action shot of the day photo!

Cedar waxwing feeding on berries

That’s it for this one, I hope that you enjoyed it, and thanks for stopping by!

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11 responses

  1. You’re right about those photos being sharp! Those cedar waxwings are a beautiful bird. I can’t believe I’ve never seen one in the wild-especially with all of the fruit bearing trees and bushes I’ve been around. Excellent shots!

    June 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    • Thank you! Cedar waxwings like to be around water. When they’re not feeding on berries, they act very much like a flycatcher, or as a website put it, a very clumsy swallow. They like to perch near the tops of trees that hang out over water and fly out to catch insects over the water when there are no berries ripe for the waxwings to feed on. They also stick together in flocks, if you see one, you’ll probably see a dozen or more.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  2. Lovely, lovely pictures!! The waxwing is a truly beautiful bird. 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

    • Thank you, I think so too.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  3. sandy

    Wow, these are great! I haven’t seen a waxwing yet this spring.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Thank you Sandy, keep looking, they’re around.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

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  5. Northern Narratives

    The sparrow with the bugs hanging out the beak is so cute 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • Thank you! I love catching wildlife in the middle of their regular routines, that’s my favorite type of photo.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  6. Awesome action shots, great detail on the cedar waxwing!

    June 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

    • Thank you, they are one of my favorite subjects, they photograph so well.

      June 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm