Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fledgling Cedar Waxwings

My niece and nephews alerted me to a baby bird in the middle of the the gravel drive beside my house today. When I went over to investigate, one fledgling flew up into the trees, but I couldn't tell what it was. They said that there was another bird still in the middle of the drive, so I looked closer and found this:

A baby cedar waxwing!

This is the first time I have ever seen a fledgling cedar waxwing. Since people fly up and down this drive, I decided to try to coax it back into the trees. I knew it wasn't abandoned because I could hear an adult waxwing giving its "high zeet" alarm call.

This one took a little more coaxing to fly than its sibling, so I picked it up and it flew out of my hand and into the trees. An adult bird was still alarming me, a good sign. Since almost all birds can't smell, there is no need to worry about the parents smelling me - it is an old wives' tale.

A good ending and a definitely confirmed OBBA II entry! (although I already had them confirmed with nest building.)


  1. Sorry...I am starting over..LOL..
    Thanks for helping with my issues at Facebook..still dont know what is causing it..but sometimes it works..

    I have never seen fledged cedars..nice shots..

  2. Adorable! I've never seen a baby Cedar Waxwing either. He already seems to have the little yellow waxy-looking tips on the tail. Good thing your niece and nephews were paying attention.

  3. Anonymous6:52 AM

    What a face! This has got to be the cutest thing ever. I have never seen one.

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to view my blog and become a follower of it. I enjoyed your blog as well. Wish I could hold a Red-Shouldered as in your photos. I have only held the young ones after they have fallen from their nests.