Bohemian Overload

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 1 Feb 2013
Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings
Shelburne, Vermont
February 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/9, 1/640s, ISO 200

Driving down Bostwick Road with Asher this afternoon I spotted a huge flock of birds using a small mixed stand of conifers and a meadow seep.  This flock became part of one of the strangest checklists I’ll probably ever enter:

  • Mallard (17)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (1)
  • American Crow (200)
  • European Starling (100)
  • Bohemian Waxing (467)!!!

And that’s just how many waxwings I counted in a photograph after the fact- I had estimated 400 in the field, and that number included a large number that was hidden down in the seep below the trees.  The actual number was probably more like 550.

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings
Shelburne, Vermont
February 2013
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200

I didn’t find any Cedar Waxwings in the flock, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  The birds were attracted to the standing liquid water in the ditch (presumably a tile drain) between the trees and the road in the photo above.  There didn’t appear to be much fruit left in the red cedars, but they were festooned with waxwings all the same.

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings
Shelburne, Vermont
February 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 200

Astonishing.

 

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