Cedar Waxwing 1/27/12

One of my all time favorite birds, Cedar Waxwings flock up in wintertime and roam widely in search of fruits and berries which compose the bulk of their diet. Their high-pitched jingly trills always bring a smile to my face, even when I can’t see them. From a distance they look much like a lot of what birders call LBJs (Little Brown Jobs) but close up they are strikingly beautiful with their crested heads, black face masks, silky blend of brown to yellow breast feathers, yellow (sometimes orange) tail bands, and the small beads of scarlet wax on the wings of mature adults which you can’t see in this photo. In winter flocks, keep an eye out for the larger Bohemian Waxwing which often mixes in with Cedars. They are larger and stockier, have distinctive cinnamon under-rumps, and more extensive red waxy droplets on their wings. ¬†Fetched in Portsmouth, NH.


  1. Dawn Freer said,

    January 28, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Philip, your pictures (and text) are a marvel. They just make me feel happy.
    and ps I’m with you on Cedar Waxwings…..

  2. JayJay said,

    February 2, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Hi, Phillip,

    I’d so love to attract one of these into my yard. What kinds of fruit could I put out that they might eat?


    PS – I just read the above comment – I see I’m not the only fan!

  3. castello said,

    May 4, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    I saw a flock of about 70 of these little guys yesterday at Sanborn park here in Saratoga, Ca. I had my wimpy binocs @only 6x so I needed a real picture. Yours is pretty good. Where do you find the bigger Bohemian Waxwing?

  4. admin said,

    May 6, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Rare along the coast, more common in forested northern NH and Maine, especially in wintertime.

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