Another Spring, Another Cedar Waxwing by artwhiz47

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Every Spring, dozens of Cedar Waxwings invade our back field in Hamburg, NY, aiming primarily for the just-blooming but still practically leafless old apple trees. They seem to have arrived this afternoon; I was out back with a couple of gifted-amateur botanists who were looking at our rather rare native wild plum trees when I heard the Waxwings’ distinctive, soft little see see noise. Sure enough, there were four in one of the apple trees, & later, the whole crowd had arrived, & they were everywhere. The Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum_) is a delightful bird, but they are just passing through at the moment, headed for places like Muskoka Region north of Toronto where they spend their summers hawking bugs over lakes & waterways, & eating berries & other tasty sweet morsels. I look for them here every year. More about them can be found hereWaxwing . They have a little hat like a Tufted Titmouse or a Cardinal, but while they’re picking away at the trees, it is usually flattened.

29 April 2010


birds, migration, cedar waxwing, hamburg ny

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago

  • Thanks!

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    A truly lovely capture of this beautiful bird, Sheila. Wonderful!

  • And how about that apple tree? Thanks, Mike – I really didn’t know I had anything until I loaded this; took several shots, chose this one.

    – artwhiz47

  • joak
    joakover 4 years ago

    braw shiela awfy well spotted..naw i ken the birds no spotted i meant you did well findin it…och never mind well done

  • Ha ha, Joak. The scary thing is that I understand you perfectly. Thanks, pal.

    – artwhiz47

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Atta Sheila!

  • Like that comment! Thanks, Lee-Anne.

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot :))

  • Many thanks. These fellows cooperate by staying in one tree for a long time, but they never stay still for a long time!

    – artwhiz47

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    He is a gorgeous little guy! I haven’t seen one of these yet, but look forward to when I do! Well done Sheila!

  • Thanks, Kimberly. They do have a big range, & they are such attractive birds. Good luck!

    – artwhiz47

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, Sheila.

  • Thank you, Steven ~ this waxwing is one of those birds whose arrival you anticipate with glee! A handful stick around after migration, but you rarely see them. Next up – wrens!

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 4 years ago

    A wonderful image Sheila. Couldn’t help but fave it. Great shot of the waxwing which I rarely see, and a splendid setting.

  • Thanks to you, Dawg. These very same fellows should be passing through your neck of the woods in a couple of days. When I was little, we always watched for them around this time, & we were never disappointed. They hung around the Lewiston house for two or three days, picking at everything, in flocks of from 20 to 40 individuals (roughly), then moved on. My dad used to say that the ones we saw hawking for insects off our property on Mary Lake near Huntsville were the same ones we’d seen in Lewiston months earlier. No reason why not! Many thanks for the fave!!

    – artwhiz47

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Just glorious against that clear blue sky.

  • Thanks, Cat. They are just a little early this year; often when they come through, the apple blossoms AND the leaves are more advanced, & the birds are harder to see. This has been a perfect Spring for this kind of thing – aren’t those blossoms-in-the-making just splendid!?

    – artwhiz47

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Glorious! These birds look so surreal!! Great pose in the tree! ;o)

  • Thanks, Krys. The perfect Spring for waxwings; they are unique!

    – artwhiz47

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