Sunday, March 4, 2012


Every year the same game takes place. Our full time resident the Mocking Bird attempts to single handle the many Cedar Waxwings invading his stash of Holly Berries. Aggressive stances and fancy divebombing techniques are just to little to ward off  his Looters of the Berries!

Standing watch and ever alert, a close eye is kept open for the masked bandits!

This year there were not as many Waxwings as in prior years. My guesstimate was only around thirty birds. Last year there was at least 75 to a hundred. The drought probably had a bearing on their numbers.
The good thing about their numbers were I got to watch three days of the Mockingbird trying to run off  the berrie thieves before the Waxwings had the trees stripped!

Whenever there was a break in the action between the, Mockingbird vs Waxwings war, noticed this little Wren would show up to see what all the commotion was about!

Guess this just about ends the Stealing of the Berries post for this year!


  1. i bet that mocker is exhausted! :)

  2. I love the first two shots. Great captures.

  3. Great pictures Parker!

    You mentioned a 200mm lens in your previous post, sure getting some nice results with it!

  4. You're getting some really nice shots with that lens. I like the third picture, of the wren, the best. That could be a nice little "Parker Home" postcard.

  5. Hee hee I like the little round Wren being nosey. Must be nice to see all of this in your backyard. We have pigeons and occasional hummingbirds. It's better than nothing! Have a nice day. =)

  6. Parker, I love your bird shots. The colors and compositions are great. I can tell that you love watching the birds. Thanks for that story about the guarding of the berries! And thanks for all your heartfelt support over the previous months! Take care and have fun!

  7. I like the way you apply the rule of 3rd on these photos. Nice work!


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