Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum


Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings are elegant and attractive winter residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, roaming the gardens, parks, and foothills in flocks, often in company with American Robins, in search of berries ripening on pyracantha, toyon, cotoneaster, and other bushes. We are always glad to hear their thin piping calls around our house, which often announce that they are taking a break from the berry hunt to drink or bathe in our back yard fountain.


Cedar Waxwing
Resting by the fountain, above, and bathing in it, below.

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing
My only photograph of a Cedar Waxwing in flight, taking off under an oak tree canopy.

Cedar Waxwing
Above and below: the waxy red tips of the waxwing's tertial feathers give the bird its common name, and combine with the yellow tips of its tail feathers and its black mask to create its especially dashing appearance.


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwings


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing
The juvenile lacks the red "waxy" tertial tips of the adult, and also the rich rufous tinge
to the brown feathers; the facial mask is dark gray rather than true black.