Mr. Waxwing looks like a superhero with his perfectly fitted black mask. Credit goes to Don for this kodak moment: “Here is a Cedar Waxwing that I captured the other day. A whole flock invaded this blossoming tree and dined on the fruits and berries. The next day they moved on, so I was very lucky to have seen and ’snapped’”. To attract waxwings plant dogwood, serviceberry, cedar, juniper, hawthorn, and winterberry trees.
DID YOU KNOW? The purpose of ‘why’ they have wax on the wings has has eluded many an ornithologist. But back in 1987 there was a study conducted in Kingston, Ontario by D. James Mountjoy and Raleigh J. Robertson. They analyzed old and young males and females and found that most mated pairs were composed of two birds belonging to the same tip index category, where the number of tips correlates with age. Young & old birds all paired up with other members of their own peer group. So why do waxwings wear wax on their wings? To take the guesswork out of dating! This wax is pretty wise.
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