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. Wow <3-ly birds! Love the name "Cedar waxwing". Such poetry in it.

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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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  2. They are such beautiful birds. I saw one in June while taking a walk near my brother’s house. I had to just stop and look for a few minutes.

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    1. They certainly are pretty to look at :-). And their sounds are cute too. I’ve never seen them in big groups, but I’ve seen one or two here and there, at the many wooded parks along the Elbow River in Calgary.

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      1. I’ll have to look up their call online. I often hear birds, but not so good at identifying from their sounds.

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        1. I find it a bit hard to learn bird sounds. Some birds, like Black-capped chickadees make a few different ones. If I hear the same sound a lot, sometimes it sticks.

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  3. I’ve never seen a baby Cedar Waxwing before! Thanks for posting the pic…made my day! And your post made me chuckle, too…sorry you got so many mosquito bites.

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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. LOL! Flowers make for a quick stop; birds requires too much standing still. I totally don’t blame you for not stopping for them. 🙂

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  4. 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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      1. I only see the flocks in the fall, when they are gathering for migration. I hope you’ll get to see them!

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