A few years ago we ran into a flock of a small beautiful migratory bird at the Salt River – we immediately fell in love with them – this year they are finally back in the valley.
Cedar waxwings are a medium-sized songbird that are known for their distinctive crest and red wax-like tips on their wing feathers. They are found throughout North America, typically in wooded areas, and are known for their fruit-eating habits. They have a beautiful plumage with a brownish-gray body, yellow belly, and a black mask on their face. They are known for their sociability, often seen in flocks in trees and bushes, and their melodic calls. They are also known for their acrobatic flight, often seen catching insects in mid-air.
Cedar waxwings are also known for their distinctive behavior during the breeding season. They are known to engage in communal courtship rituals, with several males participating in the pursuit of a single female. They are also known for their cooperative breeding habits, with several pairs of birds often helping to raise a single brood of chicks.
During the winter months, cedar waxwings migrate to more southern regions in search of food. They are known to form large flocks during this time, and are often seen in urban areas where they feed on berries from ornamental shrubs.
Overall, Cedar waxwings are a fascinating and beautiful species that are a joy to observe in the wild. They are a common sight in many parts of North America, and are well-liked by birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.