Cedar Waxwings!

February 15, 2016

 Adult Cedar Waxwing





I participated this weekend in the Great Backyard Bird Count, observing birds visiting our garden http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count



Some were the usual visitors, including white crowned sparrows,  California towhees and Anna's hummingbirds. But the big surprise appearance was made by Cedar Waxwings.



I knew that Cedar Waxwings visit our neighborhood, but had never actually seen any until now. 

I have yet to identify what kind of tree it is, but suddenly a group of 4 or 5 of these birds landed in our neighbors' tree, eating berries and possibly insects. Fortunately they lingered for about 15 minutes, so I could take these photos of them. See how its beautiful colored feathers shine in the sun (image above).







Cedar Waxwing juvenile





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