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Cedar waxwings

Bombycilla cedrorum

Description:

The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized, sleek bird with a large head, short neck, and short, wide bill. Waxwings have a crest that often lies flat and droops over the back of the head. The wings are broad and pointed, like a starling’s. The tail is fairly short and square-tipped. They are pale brown on the head and chest fading to soft gray on the wings. The belly is pale yellow, and the tail is gray with a bright yellow tip. The face has a narrow black mask neatly outlined in white. The red waxy tips to the wing feathers are not always easy to see. Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you’re likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.

Habitat:

Joe Wheeler state park, Alabama

Notes:

We saw a flock of maybe 50 or 60 of these guys flitting between the trees. I wasn't able to get any really good close ups because they were up so high but I though the sheer number on birds worth a few photos!

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2 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

I've only ever seen a few pairs before Alice, so it was really cool to see a whole flock!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

I am amazed that the Cedar Waxwings I took pictures of two weeks ago are still hanging around. Heard them again this morning!

Alabama, USA

Lat: 34.77, Long: -87.31

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Feb 25, 2012

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