Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Birds, Berries, Boxes, Bernheim & Brrrrr

Birding at Bernheim last weekend found me walking around the wildflower meadow and the many different groves of Crab Apple trees with their bright red berries ripe and ready.

As I made my way back to the front of the meadow, there stands a grove of Crab Apples completely covered in bright red berries ready for the picking. And that's just what this Cedar Waxwing had in mind. And he had no plans for a photo session. Hence, the not so sharp image, as he stopped long enough to hesitate and then take off again. Are they finicky birds? I don't know, as I'm not accustomed to photographing them. Perhaps I should look that up.

Closer to the front of the trees I found a much more compliant photo specimen in this White Throated Sparrow. He actually stayed put for more than a few seconds while I snapped photos. All in all the birds were busy jumping from tree to tree and limb to limb and berry to berry.

Soon the berries will be gone and many of the birds will too. But just in case they should decide to overwinter in Kentucky, there are plenty of bird boxes at Bernheim for them to seek refuge from the harsh winter weather. Speaking of which someone turned on winter today with snow and 32 degrees. Brrrrr. ENJOY!


  1. That is cold, ,lovely to have bird feeders, I'm sure they get to know where to go in the wintertime. Guess they are looking for the juiciest berry to feed on, before they all are finished. Greetings from Jean

  2. That is a lot of crab apples! The birds will certainly enjoy feasting on them. We have a few cedar waxwings that show up in February here. I don't know if they stay all winter or if they're on their way up from the south but it seems early to me for that. They are beautiful birds. It's cold here tonight at about 28F. Stay warm. :)

  3. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  4. Bittersweet with birds! Does it get any better than that? Very nice captures, Carol.