Cedar Waxwings Feeding Frenzy

We recently spent an afternoon watching Cedar Waxwings descend upon a holly bush loaded with red berries.

The Cedar Waxwings are beautiful birds with their black masks and pale yellow belly.  This photo caught the red tips on this one’s wing.  The birds have a bright yellow tip on their tails.

There were probably more than 50 individuals in this flock.  They arrived in waves, occasionally taking breaks.  The Waxwings had already stripped a nearby holly.  Earlier in the winter they ate all the berries from the native Yaupon Holly trees in the yard.

They were so eager to feed that they flew closely over our heads and under the front porch.  A few hit the windows, but survived.

Across the street a large flock of American Robins had been gathering and one finally came over to check out the action.

17 Comments on “Cedar Waxwings Feeding Frenzy”

  1. Great pictures!! We got rid of our highly invasive but berried Brazilian Peppers and the birds have decreased.

  2. I have a flock of friends that flies through NC every spring and picks my holly clean of its berries.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Lucky you! I had a flock of waxwings a couple of times, but there’s not much around here to attract them. What they enjoy are the little fruits on the palm trees, but the past couple of years the trees haven’t produced much. Besides, the yaupon and other berry-bearers have been loaded.

    You have robins? I’d love to see a robin. They were THE sign of spring in Iowa, and I still love them. I confess: I sometimes play the youtube audios of robins chirping and singing when I’m at the computer. It makes it feel even more like spring.

    • I heard the robins’ chirping every evening when I was growing. They would feed until the sun went down. Then the Robins went to roost and we had to go inside. Some years we have quite a few Robins here. I think they were gathering in my neighbor’s trees, possibly getting ready to head north. I have seen some that stay here during the summer. They like a park-like setting with live oaks.

    • When I last photographed cedar waxwings, on February 22nd, a bunch of robins had joined in the fruit frenzy. I don’t remember ever seeing the two species together before. The robins focused on the little red fruits of a few sculpted bushes at the edge of my neighbor’s yard. I asked him what kind of bushes they are but he didn’t know.

  4. Chloris says:

    Fabulous photos and such pretty birds.

  5. Tina says:

    I love the waxwings, but they’re so flitty and high-flying, pics of them are a real challenge. Your flying shot is good–I’ve never accomplished that, but I still try!

  6. Deb says:

    Wonderful photos ,my friend! Enjoyed them!

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