Bombyx (Latin/Greek): silkworm; cilla (Latin): tail; garrulus (Latin): chattering, talkative. Chattering birds with silkworm tails! I had my first encounter with Bohemian Waxwings today on the southwest side of the Glenmore Reservoir. Oh, they make such lovely music! A flock of them (20-30 birds) were flitting about at the top of a spruce tree, the tips of their wings flashing in the sunlight as they flew on and off the branches. I watched them for a few minutes. A cloud of them rose above the spruce and chattered away to a nearby spruce. Another waxwing cloud followed shortly after. Luckily the second spruce had a better vantage point for taking photos.
The white and yellow edges of the wing feathers look particularly lovely from this angle.
Five waxwings. Easier to see if you enlarge and view the image on a large screen.