A treat to find in your binocular viewfield, the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers.
In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.
Waxwings are a family (Bombycillidae) of passerine birds characterized by their soft, silky plummage. Some of the wing feathers have unique red tips where the shafts extend beyond the barbs; in the Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax, and give the group its common name. They are so adorable have a look
1. Photograph by SVEINN JÓNSSON
2. Photograph by SINDRI SKÚLASON
3. Photograph by DON DELANEY
4. Photograph by OLIVER WRIGHT
5. Photograph by BARRY BOSWELL
6. Photograph by MINETTE LAYNE
7. Photograph by TATIANA BULYONKOVA
8. Photograph by MARCIN STAWOWCZYK
9. Photograph by SAM LINTON
10. Photograph by BEN LOCKE
11. Photograph by JOHN HARRISON
12. Photograph by INGEBORG VAN LEEUWEN