Friday, November 16, 2012

Backyard Bohemian Waxwing!

I wasn't expecting to get a new Dane County bird this morning, but that's exactly what happened just as I was about to head out the door to go to work. The apartment complex where I live has a few berry and crabapple trees in the courtyard. As I walked past my patio window, I could see one of the trees was full of birds, presumably waxwings by their shape, size, and color. Given the irruptive status of Bohemian Waxwings this year, I thought I better make a quick binocular inspection of the flock. As I scanned through them, I found exactly what I was hoping for. I quickly grabbed my spotting scope and camera and headed outside to at least get a documentation photograph of the bird. I only had a few minutes and these were the best I could get in the short time available.

I love it when new birds come to you!

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell


  1. Cooool! Congrats on a bodacious find!

  2. That's a nice thing to wake up to.

  3. Great birds. Interesting to read, since at this side of the ocean an eruption of this species is on its way as well. I am looking forward to meet them in the local park.

  4. Had a lifer while sitting on my deer stand near Kewaunee...small flock of finch-likes landed on top of spruce the binocs on them and revealed White-winged crossbills...about 10...15 minutes earlier had let 10-point buck walk 60 feet past me in rut, too cool to kill, will continue my search for an already wounded animal! Peace to all.