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The Ponds at Pella Crossing

July 4th, 2011 · 4 Comments

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At Pella Crossing few days ago my friend Sharon saw a Cedar Waxwing for the first time. But the light was poor, and I had never seen one. So we went walking around the ponds there early this sunny morning.

Pella Crossing is a scenic group of ponds 17 miles from my apartment in Boulder and is tucked away in the plains just south of the town of Hygiene. I hadn’t been there since 2008, and like Sharon’s visit there a few days ago, the weather then was far less beautiful than this Independence Day.

We found a pair of Cedar Waxwings just where Sharon had seen them earlier. They probably have a nest nearby.

I Love the Muted Colors of Cedar Waxwings

I Love the Muted Colors of Cedar Waxwings

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A Lucky Shot of a Cedar Waxwing in Flight

A Lucky Shot of a Cedar Waxwing in Flight

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We also saw both Eastern and Western Kingbirds.

An Eastern Kingbird

An Eastern Kingbird

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Sharon's Photo of a Western Kingbird

Sharon's Photo of a Western Kingbird

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As you can see, Western Kingbirds are much more beautiful than Eastern Kingbirds. Just like the American West is much more beautiful than the Eastern states.

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  • 1 Gretchen // Jul 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

    “Just like the American West is much more beautiful than the Eastern states.”

    Now wait a minute! Do you have any double-blinded, randomized, controlled trials to prove this statement?

    I saw a flock of cedar waxwings feasting on my blueberry bushes once, and I didn’t even need to leave my front porch, thereby conserving a lot of gasoline so you Western gadabouts can drive for miles to see the same.

    Of course, I hadn’t a clue what they were either, until a friend ID’d them.

  • 2 JAN WILLIAMS // Aug 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    David, I think you and Sharon both got some awesome pics for them being “lucky shots” of these birds! I don’t do nearly as well with what little photography that I attempt! :@)))

    Jan
    Dallas TX

  • 3 Jessica // Aug 2, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Love your photos. I am in the western suburbs of Chicago and see flocks of Cedar Waxwings every year right outside my door. David do you mind if I use your photos for drawing or painting reference? My photos rarely turn out well enough to use for this purpose.

  • 4 David Mendosa // Aug 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Dear Jessica,

    I would be delighted if I can help you in that way! Thanks for asking.

    David

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