Sunday, December 02, 2012

Another Bohemian!

I had just completed a 2-hour birding excursion at Pheasant Branch Conservancy with Dottie and Sylvia when I found another Bohemian Waxwing. It was just a few blocks away from my apartment. As I completed making a left turn onto Deming Way from Greenway Boulevard in Middleton, I saw a waxwing flock perched in a small tree on the left side of the road right outside of Dhaba Restaurant. They were so close that even without my binoculars I saw that one of them was a Bohemian.

It's definitely not the same bird I observed at my apartment courtyard a couple of weeks ago. Unlike that bird, this one had no yellow or red color on primary and secondary feather tips.

The waxwing flock flew over to a large crab apple tree in front of an office building on the opposite side of the block. At one point, the birds came down from the tree to get water from a puddle left over from yesterday's rain. The Bohemian Waxwing came down to drink, too, but I was distracted while talking to one of the office building's occupants. He was curious about the dozen or so people with binoculars and scopes standing in front of the building. I was telling him about the visitor from the north when it came down to the puddle to drink. Still, it was a “life bird” for almost everyone there and that was reward enough!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Dec 2, 2012 - 30 species

Canada Goose 
Green-winged Teal 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Belted Kingfisher 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
Winter Wren 
Cedar Waxwing 
American Tree Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
House Finch 
Pine Siskin 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell


  1. Your list is typical for Green bay...only exception was I had several Common Redpolls feeding on ground over the weekend...up in Silver Maple was flock of about 30.

  2. Probably a 1st winter BoWaxy then Mike. Great find!

  3. thanks for the great photos of the Bohemian. I only saw one once years ago at the Ridges in Door Co. He was atop a spruce tree and I thought, "Wow, that's the biggest Cedar Waxwing I ever saw!" then realized what he was. Beautiful birds and beautiful photos. Pat Wafer, Madison Wi