Cedar Waxwing

Hi there! One of my goals for this spring was to get a decent photo of a cedar waxwing. Just one was all I wanted. Finally got my wish. Here are some of the best ones:

Cedar Waxwing, Wheaton Regional Park, MD

Cedar waxwings look airbrushed, don’t they? From a far distance, you might think it’s a female cardinal, but up close, whoa! Very different!!

Cedar Waxwing, Wheaton Regional Park, MD

In the photo above, look at the yellow-tipped tail. The next things you may notice are his mask, his crest and yellow belly. Do you see the little bit of red on the wing? They usually travel in groups; so where you see one, there are probably more close by. They eat mostly insects and berries. Maybe it’s time to plant something that produces berries to attract these amazingly beautiful birds! Their sound is also distinct. Audubon describes it as a “thin lisp” and is a very high-pitched sound. The way they fly is distinct as well. I’ve learned a lot from experienced birders regarding bird behavior, including flight behavior. When cedar waxwings fly, it’s in a graceful arc or circular pattern.

Just this morning, my friend and I were talking about how relaxing birding is. It feels like a meditation. While birding, I don’t seem to worry about anything. Oftentimes I find myself silently thanking God for His creation, for the blessings of nature. I express to Him my gratitude for this life and this bountiful place in which I get to live.

What are you thankful for today? I’d really like to know! Do you like it when someone expresses appreciation for something about you or something you’ve done? Isn’t there something encouraging about it when it is shared? I imagine our Heavenly Father likes our positive feedback, too, because He loves us so much!

Cedar Waxwing, Wheaton Regional Park, MD

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

2 thoughts on “Cedar Waxwing

  1. What am I thankful for today? I am thankful that you live next door to me! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of the cedar lapwing.


  2. Beautiful Cedar Waxwings! They are amazing. I never knew before COVID that there were birds that didn’t come to bird feeders! Thank you, COVID!

    When I count my many blessings, I am thankful for you, Robin! You are a dear blessing. Grateful to be on life’s journey with you. Grateful to learn all of God’s beautiful birds with you!


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