Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Berry Pickin’ Birdie

Berry Pickin’ Birdie

One of the last images I took at the Ridgefield NWR today, Sep. 3, 2015, near marker #11, where there is a small, leafy, berry-filled tree/bush.  I had stopped there in the midst of tracking a raptor I had seen earlier and noticed a commotion in this berry bush.  There must have been a good 8-10 birds in the tree, fluttering around.  Now and then, a bird would come from the hidden interior of the tree and perch on a branch near the exterior, which I tried to capture.  It was obvious I was looking at a small flock of Cedar Waxwings, including adults and juveniles alike.  The juveniles were mostly white and gray with a black mask and yellow tail tip.  The pictured bird, I believe, is either a one-year old or an adult in its molting stage.  I’m happy I made one last loop of the auto tour route, giving me this photo opportunity before heading home!

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:57 p.m., 25 feet

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 10:47 pm and is filed under Thrushes, Blackbirds, Waxwings and midsized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply