Cedar Waxwings

Have you ever heard of these little birds? Chances are, if you have, you are from the Northern US or Canada. They are common little birds that are very social and flock together.

They are not particularly common to Arizona, though they have been seen wintering in Sabino Canyon outside of the Tucson area. They are an easily identified bird with their tails looking like they dipped it in a yellow paint bucket, with splashes of red on their wings, a yellow belly and masked face.

I had never seen them before, so had to do a bit of research to figure out what this strange breed (to me) of bird was in our forests of Northern Arizona. Apparently they are attracted all kinds of berries, and in our case the juniper and cedar berries.

Whatever wind may have blown them in, we are happy to have them for as long as they might visit.

2 thoughts on “Cedar Waxwings

  1. Thank you. They are very small birds (about 4″) so difficult to capture a close shot. I’ve had to find inventive ways of getting closer without scaring them off.. and using my biggest lens, with an extender.. and wait for them to get closer to me. I’ve even downloaded a remote trigger so i don’t get camera shake on my tripod.

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