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I have had some 20 Cedar Waxwings at this tree, at once; I think the apples ferment and it makes the birds drunk; flying into the ground, hitting the house, and generally acting crazy, the last photo has a waxwing the has stabbed a crabapple with his beak (which has a tiny hook or barb on the tip) and it throwing her head back to eat the fruit:

 

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Eating frosted crab-apples. Look at the bard on her beak to help hold the fruit:

 

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During November and December, I have many Cedar Waxwings feed on frozen fuit at my crab apple tree.

  • Size & Shape

    The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized, sleek bird with a large head, short neck, and short, wide bill. Waxwings have a crest that often lies flat and droops over the back of the head. The wings are broad and pointed, like a starling’s. The tail is fairly short and square-tipped.

  • Color Pattern

    Cedar Waxwings are pale brown on the head and chest fading to soft gray on the wings. The belly is pale yellow, and the tail is gray with a bright yellow tip. The face has a narrow black mask neatly outlined in white. The red waxy tips to the wing feathers are not always easy to see.

  • Behavior

    Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you’re likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.

  • Habitat

    Look for Cedar Waxwings in woodlands of all kinds, and at farms, orchards, and suburban gardens where there are fruiting trees or shrubs.

This photo from last year (Canon 7D and Canon EF300L f/2.8 IS), but they have begun arriving in good numbers this week:

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