Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Cedar Waxwing

Erika and I photographed this Cedar Waxwing on 5 July 2019 at the McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia. Ever since, the image sat in my blog queue. Looking at my eBird records, we found this species three times in July, seven in August, once in September, twice in October, after which we found a flock only once again, on 25 January 2020. This lack of winter records surprises me, even though waxwing distribution is known to be erratic as they search for fruit. The folks at eBird have been using user data to produce fascinating maps that show bird movements across North America. Their Cedar Waxwing map indicates that these birds are seldom observed in the Pacific Northwest in the winter.

1 comment:

  1. Neat to see a species that's more migratory in the Pacific Northwest than in Minnesota!