We are currently enjoying our annual visit by cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum). They only appear as the berries begin to ripen on our neighbor’s downy serviceberry tree (Amelanchier arborea).
From a distance, they appear to be relatively plain, brown birds. But when seen up close, their distinctive markings are striking. I love their black masks, the lemon-yellow on the tip of their tail, and the bright red drop of ‘wax’ on their wings.
I’m delighted our neighbor planted this serviceberry. We enjoy its early spring blooms, and the berries seem to mean ‘full service’ to the birds. Other visitors include robins, house finches, cardinals, and blue jays, but the cedar waxwings are a special treat.