Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Some Newcomers

Often when I see birds at a distance, and I have camera in hand, I will zoom in and view the photos later to see what it is that is not clear to my naked eye.  Recently, I did this and although the images are blurry, I seem to have an American redstart, Setophaga ruticilla, (an immature male, I think)  and three cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum).  

American redstart, Setophaga ruticilla:

cedar waxwings, Bombycilla cedrorum:

I was totally unfamiliar with the redstart, but have seen waxwings not only in field guides, but also about a mile from me while I was out walking.  I'm thrilled to have sought out information to identify the redstart.  The male (in his adult plumage) is quite striking.  I hope to get pictures (and clear ones) some day.

All of this has me wondering if it were a male redstart that I mistook for an oriole chasing that crow (as described in an earlier post).  It all happened so fast, that I can't be sure.  However, I did see an oriole while I was out walking four miles the other day.  Either way, I'm happy to have such a variety of birds in the yard.  As what I've planted matures and I add more natives, I expect to seen an increase in bird diversity.  One of the black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) seedlings is now almost as tall as me.  Now that will definitely be attractive to wildlife...the female for the berries (and pollinators) and the male trees for pollinators alone. <...but I know  Nyssa sylvatica  by heart. :) >


Ellen Honeycutt said...

I saw cedar waxwings for the first time this year. Very striking.

David said...

Congratulations on your first sighting. My first sighting was after moving here...but this is the first time I've noticed them in the yard (with the help of a zoom lens). I'd love to see them close up.