SBS: ~Cedar Waxwing~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Cedar Waxwing~

~ Onyx Eyes ~
~ Onyx Eyes ~

gazing down at me 

onyx eyes tell a story

leave me be, resting

            By Sheila: August 23, 2013

I photographed these Cedar Waxwings in March, 2013 at South Llano State Park. Waxwings are gregarious and true to this description I saw many of them. 

Red, waxy tips on secondary wing feathers are often indistinct and sometimes absent altogether. All waxwings have sleek crests, silky plumage and yellow-tipped tails. Where berries are ripening, waxwings come to feast in amiable, noisy flocks. [description taken from one of my favorite birding books “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.]

The “Smithsonian Handbook: Birds of North America, Western Region” states the description of the red, waxy tips differently.  It states – the purpose of the “red wax” is long-debated, but younger birds do not have it and the older birds that do often choose each other as mates and produce more young that the younger pairs.

Waxwings eats fruit, flower petals and insects; and drinks sap. One way to distinguish between males and females is the color of the throat. Females have a brownish throat, the males a blackish throat.

March, still looks like winter.
Still Looks Wintery
Berries and a shy Cedar Waxwing
Berries and a shy Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing [Hmm, taking a break]
Lovely Cedar Waxwing

I might have mentioned before, South Llano State Park in Junction, Texas is one of my all time favorites.

Sunset Colors ~On the South Llano River~ [this photo taken in November, 2011
Sunset Colors ~On the South Llano River~
[this photo taken in November, 2011
An Old Picket Fence (taken at South Llano State Park)
An Old Picket Fence (photo taken at South Llano State Park in November, 2011)

Berries in South Llano State Park.

11 thoughts on “SBS: ~Cedar Waxwing~”

    1. Katie, it amazes me that I can pick up my very used Bird guide and learn something new. Not to infer I know a lot. It is just fun! So much one can learn about our feathered friends! I did not know the difference between the male and female Waxwings until I went to post this piece. Thanks so much for writing, happy birding!

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