Cedar Waxwing With An American Robin For Bird Photography Weekly

by Larry Jordan on February 23, 2009

Cedar Waxwing With An American Robin photo by Larry Jordan

There was a flock of American Robins I noticed as I was exiting the parking lot at work, in an oak tree.  So I stopped to take some photos.  When I looked through the camera, I saw some Cedar Waxwings too.  I observed them for a few minutes and noticed that there were two separate flocks, hanging out together, flying back and forth across from the oak tree to some trees near the hospital building where I work.

I came out at lunch time with my camera in the hope of getting some more photos.  It was a gorgeous day and there were picnic benches right below this berry bush where I got many more good captures of both the waxwings and the robins.

If anyone out there knows what kind of berry bush this is, I would sure like to know.  It was about 12 feet tall and had these blue berries all over it that the birds were going crazy for.  I will post some of the shots of them scarfing down the berries later.

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Thomas February 23, 2009 at 7:05 am

Beautifully composed Larry.


Bob K February 23, 2009 at 8:36 am

Wow, a Cedar Waxwing and an American Robin side-by-side. Great catch, Larry!

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WisconsinBirder February 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

I want to take lunch breaks with you!

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Tom February 23, 2009 at 10:33 am

excellent shot, you did well to catch both of them together.

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sparverius February 23, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’ve always viewed waxwings as looking so smooth and soft, and this one isn’t any different. Especially sitting next to that robin. It’s like the waxwing is nicely pressed, and the robin just woke up.

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kallen305 February 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Seeing the two of them together in that photo is a real treat! Your photo really brought out the vivid color in both birds.

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Amber Coakley February 23, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Don’t know right off what kind of berries they are scarfing, but it looks like a good bush to plant if you want birds! Here’s hoping its native!

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chris February 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hi Larry,
Both of them together, that’s incredible… It is a fantastic shot… Congrats, well done!!!

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Red February 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I wish I could tell you what that berry bush was, but then I’d have to kill you. LOL, nah, I just plain don’t know, sorry.

Sunday morning I spotted a Robin in our yard for the first time. My mom had seen it in years past, but not me. I managed a few shots in the rain. Then came the cedar waxwings, many many of them. But not once were they in the same tree together, wonderful shot!

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Mary Carlson February 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

Larry, Red and I have the same problem with a neighbor’s tree – we can’t identify it. And it has blue berries on it, too. That is the tree where we have seen not only a robin and many waxwings, but also the house finches and lesser goldfinches have been snacking on these berries. Great combo shot.

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Vickie February 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I recently came cross robins snacking on privet berries along with about 50 cedar waxwings and one ruby-crowned kinglet. Besides holly, they are the last berries to go around here. I didn’t get a photo of a robin with a waxwing, however!
Very nice image.


The Zen Birdfeeder March 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Very nice catch! Two for one!

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