Saturday, January 3, 2015

Cleanup Crew




Robins arrived in a flock at first light along with a few bluebirds and cedar waxwings. 

They stormed the birdbath...





and descended on the dogwood trees...





and seemed disappointed to find that every last berry had already been stripped.





Undeterred, they spread out over the frosty ground, bobbing their heads down into the grass with the rhythm of an oil well. 

On each upswing, a bright red berry lodged between their beaks, then slid down their throats in one swift swallow. 

When every last berry had been vacuumed up, they flew south, leaving as quickly as they came. 



They left behind a good reminder for the New Year: 

The early bird gets the berry.



Seek and you will find.








23 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful post, Connie! I love all the the Robin shots. The first one with the lone Waxwing is my favorite.. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

pens and needles said...

That lone waxwing seems a bit intimidated by the noisy crowd in the pond. :)

TexWisGirl said...

marvelous scavengers!

Sharon said...

Such beauty, even in winter (still getting used to this season). These are lovely sights to start the new year.
I pray this year is full of many blessings for you and Don.

Brian King said...

You must have all of our robins! LOL! Beautiful photos! I haven't seen any waxwings since last spring.

Linda said...

Beautiful photos. :)

Bethany Carson said...

Your photos exude life and excitement! Great shots of the birds!

bailey-road.com said...

Such beautiful photography!
It's amazing how quickly they can denude a berry bush.

Margaret Adamson said...

Fantastic selection of Robin critters. Have a wonderful weekend and a HAPPY NEW YEAR,

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful birds! I love the last shot.

Felicia said...

Now I know where all the robins are. :>)

beautiful images Connie.

Janice Adcock said...

Looks like the robins had to ice skate on the birdbath. Hope all is well in the Ozarks this new year!

Mary Cromer said...

So, so lovely and so so sad this time of year when the Robins have decided to stay and there are just not a whole lot of things they enjoy left around. I hope your Bluebirds and Cedar Waxwings make it to warmer climates...very soon. Have a Happy Week~

Deanna said...

I always love to find robins any time of the year. Some stay around here all winter, which is crazy. Beautiful captures!! Happy New Year!

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots of the robins!

HansHB said...

Beautiful serie!
Happy New Year to you!

mick said...

Great photos and lovely to see so many birds together.

EG CameraGirl said...

So cute! I've never seen so many robins take a bath together!

Lea said...

Great photos!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea

Karen said...

Superb captures, love the first one!

Phyllis Oller said...

I thought I heard a robin yesterday, but couldn`t see one. I can`t wait for them to come, although I believe some did winter over here. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos,phyllis

Marie said...

The early bird gets the berry! How true! Great photos!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What a wonderful shots!! So cute to see all these fantastic birds with each other for a bath.

Kind regards,
Marco