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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 49 years.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

CAN YOU HELP ME IDENTIFY THESES VISITORS

I was working in the office yesterday when I saw a flock of birds hoping around eating crabapples of my tree in the front yard. At first I thought they were juvenile cardinals but they did not look like the juveniles in my  bird book. I checked on the Titmouse but they didn't quite looked like those either. They have some bright yellow on the tip of their tails and some yellow and red on their wings as well as black and white. If you look carefully, you can see a little tuff on the top of the heads when their heads are up.













Sorry, the quality of the pictures is very poor. 

There was about 12 to 15 in my tree and I took the pictures through a dirty double pane window with my zoom lens. I wish I could have gone out to take clearer pictures but they were quite in a feeding frenzy so I let them be. They would have been camera shy anyway.

I sure hope you can identify what kind of birds they are.
Thanks for stopping by for a little visit.
Time changes forward on Sunday and it's looking more and more like Spring is trying to poke holes in Old Man Winter to get him out of the way.  It's warming up.
Thanks for your comments.
Hugs,
JB

28 comments:

  1. Hi Julia:)
    How exciting to have a flock of birds enjoying the crab apples:) It's a beauty of a day here in PA. I've just come in from doing some clean-up and making notes of what's popping through. So far the dependable Oriental Poppies are showing some greenery and the tulips are sprouting too. It won't be long now:)

    I gave a quick check in my bird book and the only one I can tell may be your visitors is called Cedar Waxwing.

    Here's a link to a description I found on line. Good Luck and thanks for sharing, Julia...

    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/id

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  2. Hi Julia,
    I think you got very good pictures of them. I am not very good with birds but I would say, Cedar Waxwings. I know how much they love the little pears that we get on our trees and they like eat like that when they fly through. I hope someone knows for sure.

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  3. Cedar Waxwings. I have never seen them here in our part of the country. Warm and sunny here with buds starting to peek thru the ground. This is what I call false spring because we will still have a chance for frost/freeze.

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  4. Thanks so much everyone. Louise sent me a link and it shows that it was a Bohemien Waxwing. Now I know. I hope they will be back again.
    JB

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  5. They're so pretty!!!! I have not seen them before but I love the pretty specks of colours!xx

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  6. I think the pictures are great!
    Glad you got an answer. Blog readers are the best.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  7. Well, I'm glad you received an answer on the birds. I would have been no help. It appears that they were enjoying feeding! - xo Nellie

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  8. OH, Julia! You have a flock of Cedar Wax Wings! What a nice surprise for you! I have only seen them in pairs. Great photos! HUGS!

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  9. I haven't seen those here, they must not like hot weather. They are beautiful birds.
    R

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  10. Can't believe you captured such wonderful photos of those beautiful birds. Have never seen one of those here In Delaware. Lucky you.

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  11. I love your photos Julia - and what a co-incidence you've got the same window panes as me and we live on different Continents!!
    The little birds look very like our New Zealand Waxeye - distant cousins perhaps!
    Thank good ness for the Crabapples and the fruit they supply in Winter.
    Shane

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  12. Hi Julia,
    Oh my!! I think you did an AMAZING JOB of picture taking!! They are really beautiful birds and am so happy other bloggers knew what they are!! I thought those dried clusters on the tree looked like rose hips!! The birds sure seem to love them!!!
    Hope they visit again!!!
    Warm Hugs, my friend~
    Julie

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  13. Such beautiful birds! I've never seen one before . . . . How nice to have a whole flock visit! Sarah

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  14. Love these pictures. I enjoy watching birds. These are definitely unique and beautiful.
    Lisa

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  15. WOW! What a great sight to see when looking out your window! Glad you got an answer for what they were! I have been so excited these past few weeks to see a red headed woodpecker and my suet feeder as well as a woodpecker that is black and white with a little red on the top pecking away on my seed bell. And today, when I came upstairs from the basements some birds were sitting on my porch rail just singing away. Spring is getting closer and closer! These were great pictures!

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  16. Hi Julia,
    Lucky you, Cedar Waxwings, one of my favorite birds. We have them come and feed like that in autumn on our Mountain Ash. Sadly, we had to cut our Mountain Ash down in November. It died during the summer. Wisconsin is hit with a bad bug called the Ash Borer. It is eating up lots of trees.
    Have a great weekend, and I think your photos are great.
    Carla

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  17. I can say these are beautiful birds. I would have stopped work and watch them through the windows enjoying their meal. Love your photos.

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  18. I can say these are beautiful birds. I would have stopped work and watch them through the windows enjoying their meal. Love your photos.

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  19. Your pics of those beautiful birds is great! I didn't know what they were and had never seen anything like them around here. I read the comments and was happy to see you got your answer. Aren't bloggers just the best?! I love Spring for the fact that new things are popping up everywhere...even birds! Have a good weekend!

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  20. Wow Julia! How cool are those birds!! I've never seen anything like them. Their wing & tail markings remind me of Canadian Totem Poles. Bill, my husband has looked them up & said they are the Bohemian Waxwing! It migrates south for the winter & goes back up north for the summer.
    Your photos are great, my windows are too dirty & weathered to get photo pics like those.
    Thanks for sharing & now I'll be watching for those birds in my wooded areas! You do have the eye for those 'Kodak Moments'! Very unique markings on those birds!
    Thank you for your comforting comments, my condolences to you & your family, on the loss of your niece.
    I hope your getting spring there, it's so spring here in SW Ont, the day lilies are starting to pop up.
    I'll be heading home in 6 weeks, I'm so homesick for NB.
    Hugs,
    Cynthia

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  21. Thank you, Julia for wanting to know more about "Rat" noodle or "silver needle" noodle in my recent post. It is made of flour. It is short about 1.2 inch long and round. The round balls with slits are pork balls. The slit is to shorten cooking time. Have a lovely weekend.

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  22. How lovely to see all those pretty birds - the pictures are good, I haven't seen anything like this in our part of the world. Hope they visit again. Betty

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  23. Beautiful pictures! What a sight to see out your window. I love watching the birds in my backyard and it is exciting to see new birds! I am glad other people were able to help you identify the visiting birds. I love the yellow at the end of their tails! Thanks for sharing these with us.

    ~Jess

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  24. Great pics Julia!! I love birds I have never seen any like those sweet birds. We get blue jays and woodpeckers , hawks.hugs cheri

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  25. What beautiful birds and how lucky you are to have so many visit you. I have never seen birds like them. Thanks for sharing the pictures, I do love birds so much. Hugs

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  26. They are so pretty! I'm glad all the smart birdie bloggers could identify them!

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