Thursday, January 15, 2015

Breakfast Blind




I can't imagine a better bird blind than our kitchen window.  From the warmth of our breakfast table on a cold winter morning, our attention is drawn to dark silhouettes against the sky in synchronized flight, darting and pivoting together as if connected by invisible strands.  Cedar Waxwings swoop our way and line up, briefly, on a supplejack vine over our bird feeder.

These sleek birds must have just picked up their jackets at the cleaner's; not a feather is out of place, and in their early morning flight, they dipped each wingtip and tail in the waxy glow of sunrise.




They leave as quickly as they came, and the others replace them, nuthatches and goldfinches, tufted titmice, chickadees, cardinals, and downy woodpeckers.  They come for the sunflower seeds, and on frozen mornings, a mix of peanut butter with oatmeal and seeds and raisins.  How could they resist?




At the piercing cry of a Red-shouldered Hawk the small birds scatter, but moments later, we discover that it is only a Blue Jay doing his best hawk imitation.  He raids the feeder, gulping one sunflower seed after another in swift succession, lifting his head after each swallow.  Don, who's fond of counting things, established that this one broke the old record for sunflower seeds consumed at one sitting, which was 50, with a whopping 76 seeds.  It's a wonder he was able to lift off.

Our breakfast is finished and the day's work is ahead of us, but there's nothing like starting the day with an arial display.



Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday
and Saturday's Critters


22 comments:

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

LOVE your first photo - wow, what a delightful view with ever changing entertainment.
Just this morning I was snapping photos of some honeyeaters outside our bedroom window - thinking I might share them in a day or two.

Margaret Adamson said...

The first shot is a stunner. It is a lovely way to start the day by seeing all these birds while having breakfast .

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What a lovely shots!! So amazing!!
Great that shot with all birds together and your ohter two shots are so wonderful too. You've photographed these so well. My compliments Connie!!

Kind regards,
Marco

Gunilla Bäck said...

How wonderful! I'd love to live where we'd have lots of birds and other critters in our yard.

pens and needles said...

This is the first year we've had groups of cedar waxwings come to our birdbath and feeder, and we've enjoyed them so much (though they are really skittish!) Stan and I are amazed at that blue jay's appetite -- wonder if he had a major bellyache after that gorging. :)

Bethany Carson said...

Those are excellent captures! Nice shots!

Brian King said...

What gorgeous shots! Very, very nice!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, lovely images and beautiful birds.. I love the Waxwings.. I like watching the birds from my windows, they do not spook as easily...Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Magia da Inês said...

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Suas fotos são belíssimas, mas a primeira é de uma delicadeza incrível!!! PARABÉNS!!!

Ótimo fim de semana!
Muita paz e muita luz!
Beijinhos do Brasil.
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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I've never seen a bunch of cedar waxwings together. How spectacular!
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Lisa Gordon said...

I just love your feathered friends, Connie, and these photographs are really beautiful.

Gunn said...

The top image is just SUPERB!

Mary Cromer said...

How very blessed you are in so many ways, but to view those Cedar Waxwings so close to your home and a perfect image it is in so many ways...as are all of your images shares. I need to do the peanut butter thing again too. Have to keep the birds happy, so they come to visit. Those Blue Jays do a great imitation of the RSHawks too, don't they? My husby always thinks they are the real deal. Happy Week Connie~

bailey-road.com said...

NO better way to start the day. You have a wonderful view from your window. Those Cedar Waxwings are such gorgeous birds.

mick said...

Beautiful birds and very special to have them right outside your window where you can see them so clearly. Great photos!

Lea said...

Wonderful photos!

CountryMouse said...

How lucky are you to get this as your morning view. I love that first shot, it is an eye catcher and the bird in the last shot is a handsome fellow.

Marie said...

Great place to bird! :-) Love your sneaky shots.

Felicia said...

Gorgeous images Connie. I missed these when you posted them.

Stewart M said...

I really like that Waxwing shot - we can spend so much time looking for the perfect still, sharp shot we can forget that the essence of a bird is flight.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

gretchenjoanna.com said...

I have never seen a Cedar Waxwing in person, and your small flock in such a perfect group pose are almost surreal to me. I love the robins at the birdbath, too -- in both cases, they startle me because I myself never see so many back yard birds all together.

pattisjarrett said...

I've caught the occasional glimpse of a Cedar Waxwing. You have so many! Beautiful birds.