Backyard Cedar Waxwing Birds

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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Since we moved to our humble homestead, I have been fortunate enough to see the cool Cedar Waxwing birds on occasion. Usually at most, I would see them once a year, but this year is vastly different. They have been regular daily visitors to our backyard and that has me pretty excited.

They seem to be really attracted to what we think is a type of Elm tree just outside our backdoor. I can see them constantly munching on what I assume are berries on the tree. I don’t see those very well, but I have learned that the Cedar Waxwings live on mostly small fruits and berries. They also hang out in our Post Oak tree where we have a bit of mistletoe. A sweet diet is not so good for humans, but for certain birds, it certainly suits them. I find that somewhat interesting.

I just love the look of the Cedar Waxwings. I like the yellow coloring and their cool bandit mask. I have been working on getting good pictures of the birds, but often the lighting and their position in the trees has made it challenging. We put out water for all our backyard birds, but I have only seen them once at the water. It seems to be the best place to try to get good pictures.

It brings me a lot of joy to see these cool birds getting so comfortable on our homestead. Usually it is the House Sparrows and Brown-headed Cowbirds that come in droves to the feeder and the trees, but I like the colorful birds the best. My bird guides says they generally hang out in our area from fall to spring. I would think they would be moving on soon. In the meantime, I sure will enjoy watching them. I am hoping that the springtime and a good garden will bring more colorful cool birds to the backyard.

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