Cedar Waxwing Shows His Spots

For Memorial Day, a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) shows off his red wax spots.  The distinctive marks on the tips of the secondary wings give this group of birds their name.  This fellow was photographed in the wetlands of the Skagit River Delta on Fir Island, Washington.


  1. What a beautiful shot! I've seen these birds occasionally, usually when other, more experienced birders point them out to me. (Actually don't really call myself a birder, but I do on occasion go birding.)


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