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This medium-sized flock of Cedar Waxwings was perched way up in the tops of several large Oak Trees at the far end of my property at twilight a few days ago.  This flock comes and goes but most often is here only for the night.  I think that the big trees are a favorite perch for these birds.  Cedar Waxwings are small birds with beautiful buff, white, grey and black markings.  They also have distinctive yellow tips on their tail feathers.  The Cedar Waxwings have a black mask and a short crest top-knot on their heads.  The males are a little brighter in color than the females.  These birds are mostly fruit eaters.  They love berries of all kinds.  Right now, there are many berries still on the shrubbery near the trees where this flock is perched.  Because it was almost dark when I snapped these pictures, I have used photo editing software to lighten the pictures so the birds can be seen easier.  I took these pictures on November 20, 2011 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Flock of Cedar Waxwings Perched at Dusk" (11)

  1. this is how i usually get to see them also – only passing thru on gray days! 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, We do share a similar weather pattern with you so maybe that accounts for the similarity of the birds. Who knows? Have a fabulously nice Saturday tomorrow!

  2. We have seen only one on our property, but it actually came up to the house to eat the berries I had thrown out the window. I was so disappointed I didn’t have the camera handy. How nice that you were able to see several at once.

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Maybe you’ll have more Waxwing visitors. I hope so. Yes, I had a nice quiet Thanksgiving and ate too much turkey! Ha! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. They are gorgeous birds, they look a bit like bandits, don’t they? I have seen them once, maybe twice. And you rarely see a single one, they arrive and stay in a flock, and LOVE those berries!

  4. They are very pretty birds. I do get to see them here, but I think it’s just as they come and go. I love that little band of yellow on their tails!

  5. I’ve only seen one the entire time I have been in Michigan. When I lived in NY state we would get dozens of them in our mulberry tree.

    • Hi Kateri, Yes, since these birds love to gorge themeselves on fruits and berries, those Mulberries were just what they would glom onto. Have a great Saturday tomorrow!

  6. The Waxwings are wonderful visitors. I rarely see them in my yard. they do love to eat berries. Great photos and sighting.

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