Monday, November 24, 2014

Cedar Waxwing

On 8 November 2014, Erika and I found a small flock of Cedar Waxwings at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Carver County. Becuase of its streaky, unkempt plumage, the bird in the first photo is clearly a juvenal. The second bird sports more compact plumage, but is probably an older bird-of-the-year, as evidenced by less distinct streaks—adults are completely unstreaked.  First Basic Plumage (winter plumage), is acquired from September to December.

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