Returning to Magee Marsh on the day after the Migratory Bird Festival, I still found quite the crowd on the boardwalk in the early morning hours. Walking along trying to get my bearings and I saw movement off to the right. There, perched nicely on a tree branch, was a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum). This bird is a fly catcher. He also eats berries and is often times found in wooded areas similar to Magee Marsh. This image is one of my favorites form the last week and I will continue to visit the marsh as there will be a second and possibly third wave of migratory birds over the next couple of weeks.
The Cedar Waxwing’s habitat can be found in woodlands, fruit trees, and orchards. Their nesting habits is late, not beginning until mid summer. Only a small area is defended as their territory. Birds may nest with other Waxwings in small colonies. They have a tendency to lay 3-5 eggs and incubation is about 12-13 days. Both parents share the feeding chores and the young leave the nest from 14-18 days after hatching.
Traveling along the boardwalk each morning allows for some people watching as well as bird watching. Even though the festival has ended, there were quite a few folks crowding the Boardwalk. One advantage is that if you com along a group of people with binoculars and cameras pointed up into the trees, you can rest assured there is something there of interest. Find your spot and look where they are and voila you found your bird as well. Although I have only met two people whom I know from the area, I did come across a photographer whom I have travelled with in the past. Moving along towards the far end of the Boardwalk I spotted this gentlemen and he looked really familiar. As I walked closer I realized it was Moose Peterson from Mammoth Lakes, California. Moose is a famous Nikon shooter from California and I knew he was going to Columbus to teach a class at a camera store there. He apparently detoured after the class the the marsh for some bird photography. His website can be found here. He has many blog postings and video tutorial, always interesting to see what Moose has been up to in his travels.
More posts coming in the future as I continue to focus on migratory birds in Northwest Ohio. Enjoy!