As we were walking around Reifel I hear some birds way up high, but by the time I pulled my camera in that direction there was just one solitary bird remaining. I brought my subject into focus and was happy to see my first Cedar Waxwing of the year. The first time I saw this bird was a few years ago in Lillooet and I had never seen such a cool looking bird. I love the little black mask and the Mohawk type crest. Love the colours and the shading on the bird, like he was created with pastels that blend together so nicely.
This picture just above would have been about one of the first times I spotted this variety of bird. I like this picture because it’s one of the few I have where you can actually see the red tips on the wings. Usually they sit so high in trees that the red is hard to spot. And I don’t think I have one picture of these guys where they are not partially obscured by a branch or leaf.
Last year while walking around the Spawning Channel in Lillooet I came across a whole family of them (or a few families) flitting around from tree to tree, catching bugs (or perhaps just for the fun of it.) The picture below is one I snapped of a group of juveniles from last summer. I’d say this is one of my favorite birds, but I think I could say that for just about all the birds on my list.