Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

I saw this little guy and some of his adult buddies in a pleasantly mosquito-less stretch of woods in the Weaselhead Flats. The earlier trail I followed did not allow me to stop and look for birds in my shorts and T-shirt. Each wildflower I stopped for cost me a mosquito bite.

The adult Cedar Waxwing chose to remain anonymous.

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    1. I like that you find poetry in birds :-). You inspired to me to look up the Waxwings. Their little red wing tips are made of wax. And I used to know of two species, since two species live in North America, but I just learned of a third, the Japanese Waxwing, which is quite lovely as well.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the little waxwing :-). He’s a bit cartoonish – all fluffed up with a zoro mask.

      I’m not used to mosquitos! I guess I always go to open woodlands near rushing rivers. The area I was in had a large expanse of still water and not much breeze. Next time I’ll wear appropriate clothes. I kind of chose to get my mosquito bites; I decided each flower was worth one bite. Stopping for birds was too much commitment though.

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  1. Oh, how cute! I have never seen a juvenile either. Once in awhile a flock of adults will mob a shrub as they pass through, murmuring cheerfully and passing berries to each other. What a charming bird they are. My neighbor and I were discussing mosquitoes yesterday, and she said to walk the dog will cost you some blood. They are awful this summer!

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    1. If your neighbor’s dog is more of a sniffer than a walker, the mosquitoes must be quite a nuisance! I remember the mosquitoes coming out in the evenings in Montreal and being picnic pests, but mostly I don’t notice them in Calgary… except for that one place I went to on the weekend which had a lot of still water.

      Oh, I hope I get to see a flock of Cedar waxwings soon. I’ve only 1 or 2 or 3 in one place. I must find their favorite berry trees!

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