Sunday, August 30, 2009

The young and the handsome.

Cedar Waxwings are common here in mid to late summer, and reach their numerical peak about now, when the recently fledged young join the wheezing bands that tree-hop through the neighbourhood.

Adult (front) and juvenile (behind).

The young lack the well-known dapperness of the adults. They are identifiable by their streaked fronts and generally washed-out appearance. In late winter-early spring, while down south somewhere, they will achieve handsomeness; their plumage will change to a warm blend of yellow and tan.

1 comment:

Victoria said...

I love cedar waxwings! Their crests give them a dashing look without the punkiness of Steller's jays. We have a crowd of waxwings that hang out in our townhouse complex near Ironwood. It's so nice to hear their high pitched whistles.