In the early evening the Cedar Wax Wing will travel to the river . They sit in the dead trees waiting for a hatch. If an evening hatch progresses they flutter high over the river taking mayflies. They are no different than us. They are guessing. Some times they sit and sit...but no hatch...they will then disappear into the night. Sound familiar? No one on earth has been able to predict a precise, good hatch...including the Cedar Wax Wing.
The Cedar Wax Wing is an opportunist, they will travel the countryside in search of bush berries when in season. If none are available they will head to the river for an all you can eat sea food dinner. Your presence doesn't seem to bother them. They will perch on a branch watching and waiting. The Cedar Wax Wing has very colorful markings that are difficult to see at dusk (picture). Nature has always baffled me with her colorful creations.
So...if you think you are alone, glace up at the Cedar Wax Wing...he is passing time by watching you fish!
The very timid, fleeting Belted King Fisher travels Michigan's small waterways chattering all the time. It fly's 10-12 feet above the river and can be heard coming around the bend. He will almost fly right into you at 40 MPH . He will then flair up and fly into the woods increasing his call in speed and loudness. It is a scolding rattle that breaks the wilderness peace. The King Fisher seems to be scolding you for startling him; "Hey, who startled who". He fishes alone, and is always in a hurry. It will rarely land anywhere near you, but if he does he will twitch like a very nervous, high strung human that can't sit still. He feeds similar to the Common Turn seen along the Great Lakes. Hovering over his prey he will dive head first into the river to take small fish. His head is 1/3 of his body and sports a crest that looks like a bad hair day! The Belted King Fisher is all work and no play, a trait I do not share. If you think your fast with that camera, just try to get a picture of him....good luck!
Sweet Is The Lore That Nature Brings