Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bohemian Waxwings Spotted in Mason County

bohemian waxwings
bohemian waxwings (photo by Dave Dister)

a guest post by Dave Dister

Jan 23, around 3 p.m. I came across a mixed flock of Cedar Waxwings and Bohemian Waxwings in southern Pere Marquette Township (Mason County, Michigan). Most birds were perched high up in some roadside trees, with small groups flying down into crabapple trees on the west side of Lenz Road, about 300 feet north of Chauvez Road (just west of the overpass for US 31).

In contrast to the overcast late afternoon sighting of Bohemians on 12/31/10 (not very satisfiying as a new "lifer"), the skies were mostly sunny and exposures were much improved (especially after some lightening, trimming, and sharpening). There were at least 110 waxwings, of which at least 30 were Bohemians (a few starlings and robins were also among the flock)

bohemian waxwings
bohemian waxwing and cedar waxwing (photo by Dave Dister)

The rusty undertail coverts of Bohemians are obviously different than the whitish ones on Cedars. The strategy to drive along apple orchards that also have crabapples (with persistent fruit) worked beautifully. Enjoy these selected photos.

And Good Birding !

Dave Dister is an avid bird and wildlife watcher who is writing a book about birds of Mason County.
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1 comment:

Ferd said...

Beautiful shots!
Cedar Waxwings have been spotted here in Winston recently, but Gail and I haven't had the pleasure yet. We keep hoping!

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