Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, at the A&M Tract on Pelican Island, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 18 May 2007 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/250s f/9.5 at 800.0mm iso400.
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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Cedar Waxwing

  1. Winnebago says:

    They’re one of my favorites too. We see them for only a very short period each spring as they pass through NE Wisconsin on their migration. I’ve got one frozen in my kitchen freezer right now. It crashed into our picture window and croaked.

  2. Tziporah says:

    Hi Winnebago, I’m in Madison now, but I also saw cedar waxwings in NE Wisconsin.
    GrrlScientist, I hope you are having an enjoyable trip east.

  3. wrpd says:

    And what side dishes will you be serving with your cedar waxwing?

  4. vrajesh says:

    nice post.will you help me in identifying birds in my blog?

  5. vrajesh — i can try to help you, but i am in london right now and have inconsistent internet access until i return to NYC.

  6. marilyn says:

    Watched a cedar waxwing for three days in northern illinois this labor day weekend. I read they are supposed to be gregarious and live, fly, feed in flocks.
    this was solitary… and basically stayed in the top of a tree just looking around for three days… it would fly up to about 100 feet to another tree top for a few minutes, but would always return to the same tree top…preening and scanning? no singing or chirping
    any ideas why this bird would behave this way? it’s the first time I’ve seen a waxwing in this area. but I feel confident of the identification

  7. cedar waxwings can be found alone, i am not sure why this particular bird was alone and seemed to hang around one location .. the birds are “irruptive”, meaning they wander widely and often unpredictably, so this bird might have become separated from its flockmates and was looking for them.

  8. marilyn says:

    thanks for the new term…irruptive… helps to find much more on these birds!