Saturday, March 20, 2021

Cedar Waxwing

Although they can be common during the summer in Washington, Cedar Waxwings are rare to uncommon winter visitors west of the Cascades. This status is reflected in eBird by a yellow dot, indicating that the species is infrequently reported in this season in Olympia. Erika and I observed a flock of about two dozen on 16 March 2021 along the shore of Capitol Lake. This bird is clearly a male, judging by the bird’s extensively black throat. This individual lacks the red wing “droplets,” for which waxwings get their name. The numbers of these droplets vary widely among the sexes and ages of waxwings. 

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