Monday, July 19, 2010

Nesting News ... The Inside Scoop

Cedar Waxwing Nest
Photographed June 2010

Today I am sharing the views from a nest I found while birdwatching this June
with my daughter and sister.
I enjoyed several captivating visits to this nest
with my family and a good friend during my week-long stay at my sister's.


A favorite view
Mr. Waxwing exhibits the notable waxy red flinders he is known for
while safeguarding their nest.
Within the nest the Mrs. discreetly tends to their young.

So sweet, a soft maternal view through the branches.
Twigs, grasses, spider webs and pine needles provide necessary
protection on a sturdy branch about eight feet above the ground.

The Waxwing pair chose a lovely pine tree
to house their nest this summer.

The nestling's young mouths were endlessly open.
Vulnerable, dependent, relentlessly rooting.

Such good parents, they were
continually curious, cautious and protective.

They provided many delicious deliveries.
This course a juicy berry, plump and red.

Just what this nestling ordered.
Sweet satisfaction.

Busy parents, very busy.

Hmmm .... some-birdy is hungry again.

Mama finally takes a well deserved break.
She continues to observe the nest from a nearby ash tree.
Then off to search for the nestling's next meal.

Good squirrel view.
Enjoying a delicious treat of tart, unripened berries.

Bad squirrel!
A heartbreaking view
Yes ... I'm sorry to say that is a baby, one of the nestlings :(
So very sad.

An angry parent returns. It immediately gives chase.
The squirrel's attempt was unfortunately successful.

Returning to a nest of one less mouth to feed.
Gut-wrenching.

Mrs. Waxwing then settles in with her remaining babies.
She bakes in the hot sun, shielding her young while nest sitting.

Positioned just above the nest ...
a perfect birds eye view for a paternal prospective.

Positioned directly below the branch ...
my birds eye view prospective.

One week later the nestlings were reported as fledged.
Another generation, unfortunately minus one continues.


8 comments:

  1. wonderful (and sad) photo series

    dan

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  2. The cycle of life is sometimes very sad.
    Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous series though!

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  3. A sensational series of photographs! This post evoked a variety of feelings from happiness to sadness. Excellent blog post & photos, Debbie!

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  4. Incredible series, Debbie!!! Nature can be very sad but life goes on...

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  5. and to think we both stood there with cameras in our hands, big lenses at the ready and all we could do was stand there and watch with our mouths wide open as the squirrel snatched the baby waxwing!

    So when you coming back for a visit?

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  6. Ho what a nice series
    Congrats!

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  7. Fantastic series of pictures!

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  8. Thank you everyone for your views and comments on this post. It was a bitter-sweet photo shoot with so many tender moments that made my heart smile and one heartbreaking moment that caused my posture to droop. Nature shares it's mystery, sadness and joy. Wishing you a Nature-ally Beautiful day filled with moments that make your heart smile today and everyday.

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