Cedar Waxwings eating berries at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 21, 2020

One of my birding stops today was Greenfield Park in Milwaukee. I came across a flock of Cedar Waxwings high in a tree. I noticed what was taking place, the Cedar Waxwings would take turns coming down to what I think were Buckthorn berries and eating just a couple of them. After a couple of berries for each bird, a short rest would take place high up in the tree, then they would repeat the feeding. Probably were getting the food down in them during the rest period. The Cedar Waxwings would pick through the berries and if they were not ripe, they would spit them out. The birds put on a nice show for the few minutes I watched then on a nice sunny day, low winds and temps around 23 degrees. Images were taken on January 21, 2020.

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

7 Responses to Cedar Waxwings eating berries at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 21, 2020

  1. Pamela Skaar says:

    I especially like the fourth one from the bottom – quite a distinctive profile of the bird. I bet they were fun to watch. Thanks for including the one he threw away.

  2. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Beautiful photos Jim! We used to get these in our Mountain Ash Tree, but sadly not for many years. They are such endlessly fascinating birds!!

  3. John Rock says:

    Great shots and such beautiful colors. I love their high voices. Saw some once passing high bush cranberries down a line of them perched on a power line. And one time two passing a service berry back and forth like they were kissing. Thank you as always.

  4. Joan Schrinner says:

    Wonderful.photos, Jim. They are beautiful birds!

  5. Dawn says:

    Fantastic photos Jim. Kind fun to see them actually doing the things you were describing in your email. Great action shots. Thank you so much for sharing all the pictures.

  6. Elaine Swanson says:

    In every pose, absolutely exquisite creature. Their feathers are so fine, one can imagine a delicate figurine sculptured by an artist. Since they show up in groups, it’s a bit breathtaking! Wild birds not discriminating – the invasive buckthorn an acceptable snack. Thanks, Jim!

  7. Thomas Wood says:

    Beautiful photos of this sleek, handsome species, Jim.
    Just what one needs to see on a January day. I didn’t know that they would glean berries and then reject them if they weren’t up to waxwing standards. Thanks for the education!

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