For the fourth year now the Birdfreak Team has run the Rock Cut Christmas Bird Count. We started the count in 2008 and each year we have attempted to refine where we send counting parties. Downy Woodpecker The Birdfreak Team took a couple good-sized preserves and also checked Rock Cut State Park briefly (to assist
A recent trip to Rock Cut State Park yielded a nice collection of one of our favorite winter birds, the Cedar Waxwing. We found a large group seemingly oblivious to our presence as they destroyed berries. Caught in the act of throwing back a berry A nice view of the red “wax” of the Cedar
Nearly every time we go birding these days, the most photogenic bird we find are Cedar Waxwings. They provide a lot of opportunity for digiscoping since they tend to be in groups and perch out in the open.
Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras have many advantages over traditional point-and-shoot digital cameras, many of which carry over into the realm of digiscoping. The biggest advantage is the SLR’s ability to shoot numerous shots in succession with nearly no lag time. Not only that, but you have virtually complete control over every aspect of
Cedar Waxwing – digiscoped with Swarovski 80 HD Spotting Scope
Cedar Waxwings [Bombycilla cedrorum] are beautiful birds with a diet that includes a lot of fruit. They can survive on fruit alone for months at a time. If they are not careful of fermented fruit, they are susceptible to alcohol intoxication and could even die of alcohol poisoning. Starting around the 1960s, some Cedar Waxwings