Cedar Waxwing In Sabino Canyon
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Yesterday I featured a species that one wouldn’t ordinarily expect to see in the desert. Here’s another.
Cedar Waxwings are about the size of a Northern Cardinal or slightly larger. Their winter range includes most of the southern United States and Arizona is part of that range. They are ordinarily not a desert species. However, a few individuals show up in Sabino Canyon each winter where, as is the case with several other species, they eat the berries of the Desert Mistletoe.
Typically, one sees these birds in small flocks of a dozen or so individuals. This bird, however, was alone when I photographed it. It is a handsome bird. I especially like the scarlet patches on its outer wings and the deep yellow tail tip.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/800.