Spark Bird – Cedar Waxwing

8 03 2010

Cedar Waxwing - Luke Tiller

Everyone seems to have a ‘spark’ bird, something that grabbed their attention so much that on reflection they realize that it was at that point that they had embarked on the road to becoming an avid birder.  So here’s my ‘spark’ bird. It was March 2003 and I was merrily feeding the birds in my yard with my new feeder setup when a flock of Cedar Waxwings suddenly showed up and started scarfing down the multiflora rose berries tangled in my apple tree. It was then that I realized that I needed to start spreading my wings and heading further afield to track down birds. This week the waxwings were around in my new yard in Greenwich (see picture above) feasting on privet berries.  Not as noteworthy as their ‘Bohemian’ cousins but as pretty and up there with my favorite common Connecticut birds.