Monday, March 30, 2009

Waxwing Eloquent

If ever there was a superhero among birds, it will be the Cedar Waxwing. First of all, look at its mask. This is not your villain-type mask. It is something that can be seen with the likes of the Lone Ranger. Add to that a glorious crest erected majestically when excited – be it from a potential danger or a potential mate. Watch it as it surveys its domain and you can’t help but admire its stance, not unlike Caesar when he proclaimed: Veni, vidi, vici.


Have you ever seen a Cedar Waxwing with a ruffled feather? Neither wind, nor rain, nor a flight through a thicket of leaves would dislodge a waxwings feather from its place. Whether gorging its favorite berry or sipping the freshness of the morning dew, it is always svelte, forever well-groomed. Nothing in the avian world exemplifies “coolness” like the Cedar Waxwing.



Yet despite its superhero-like good looks and really cool attitude, waxwings are never snobs. They always gather in flocks, feeding together, flying together in tight formations while executing breath-taking maneuvers or simply resting on the tree tops.


Needless to say, the Cedar Waxwing is one of my favorite birds. I can not help but wax eloquent whenever I talk about it.

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8 comments:

Mel said...

Woooow, that's such a beautiful bird!!

Sparverius said...

I certainly have to agree with you here. I love the waxwings for all the reasons you just named.

MaineBirder said...

Superb photos of the Waxwings!

I love these birds! In the winter months, we get flocks of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings numbering in the hundreds. They love the crab apples.

mick said...

It looks like a very beautiful and 'well-groomed' bird. I enjoyed your commentary about it.

Larry Jordan said...

Great captures and super waxing eloquent on the Cedar Waxwings Bob! A perfect description for a perfect bird that never has a feather out of place. I love them too, especially that yellow tail tip!

Kyle said...

Love those waxwings, and you got some great shots of them, Bob! We get them in certain spots down here around the Houston area during the winter months, but I have yet to see one personally. Guess I've missed them for this season, but I'll be watching for them when the winter winds start blowing them back down south again.

dAwN said...

I too love the waxwings...The sophisticated jet setter...always wearing shades.

Vickie said...

You are so right about the svelte appearance. I've noticed that, too. And snobs, they're not.

The holly that I spotted them on a few weeks ago, got topped. Yesterday, I spotted a group of them hopping around in the leaves. Closer inspection turned up the downed holly top. They were feasting on the dried berries!