Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Bombycillidae
Genus: Bombycilla
Species: cedrorum


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
, British Columbia
Apple Valley, California
Laguna Hills, California
Santa Cruz, California
Solvang, California
Stockton, California
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Anna, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Geneva, Illinois
Lisle, Illinois
Oak Brook, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Ankeny, Iowa
Davenport, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Gilbertsville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bush, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
Emmitsburg, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Munising, Michigan
Remus, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Big Lake, Minnesota
Hastings, Minnesota
Saint Michael, Minnesota
Conway, Missouri
Princeton, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Hannibal, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Corning, Ohio
Glenmont, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Early, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Quitman, Texas
Van Alstyne, Texas
Barboursville, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Castle Rock, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 5, 2019, mtheuret from Orlando, FL wrote:

Orlando, FL for the last 3 years the Cedar Waxwings have come to feast on my mulberries much to my husbands dismay. They are awesome to watch.


On Mar 4, 2019, Nachteule from Longmeadow, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

In 40 years of living in my home, 2018 was the second time I saw a flock stay around for several days while they ate all the tiny apples from a nearby crabapple tree. A welcome sight and hope they visit our area this year.


On Jul 18, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I usually see this wonderful little bird in late winter or spring and in fall. It always appears as a flock making quick simple sounds. It eats the berries off my serviceberry trees in early June and it like the red berries of the Washington Hawthorn in late winter.


On Mar 11, 2015, Bhavi from Los Angeles, CA wrote:



On Apr 10, 2013, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

these beautiful birds come thru Stockton every yr. like clock work. i know when they are in my yard due to their high pitched chirp. more like a squeal. non the less, i go running out to see easily 30 of them in my tree eating the white mistletoe berries. thats prob around Feb or so. i still hear and see them but much smaller groups . we had one when i was a child in the 60's. hit the neighbors house and was a bit disoriented. my mom nursed him back to health with hard boiled egg and milk soaked bread. and pyracantha (sp) berries. he really loved those. found out later they make them drunk. no wonder he stayed with us for a long time. he would never fly out of the cage. good experience as a kid to have seen him recover and eventually fly away.


On Mar 25, 2013, CID_SID from Fuquay-Varina, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

3/25/13 Fuquay-Varina,
A flock of cedar waxwings joining a flock of robins has descended upon our three Yaupon Hollies that are absolutely loaded down with berries.
Fabulous sighting.
I was wondering how I was going to get rid of the berries, Problem Solved.
There is a video (not mine) on you tube.
"Robin and Cedar Waxwings eating yaupon holly berries"


On Oct 1, 2012, geneva_illinois from Geneva, IL wrote:

Every year we see the Cedar Waxwings in the Serviceberry trees when the June Berries are ripe.We assume they are on their migration north at this time. This year we found a dead tree along the Fox River where we saw about 2 dozen Cedar Waxwings in June and 10 stayed all summer. We usually see them in a dead tree along the river in the morning about 7-8am and just before sunset. Never knew they stayed all summer in the suburbs west of Chicago.


On Jan 1, 2011, gnana from Barboursville, VA wrote:

New Year's is the earliest date I have ever seen this bird...usually comes to central VA in late spring on a fly-by.


On Dec 31, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Working in a nursery, we have to check daily for waxwing nests in our potted small trees. If eggs are in the nest, the tree is no longer for sale till the babies have fledged. Fourtunatly we have several customers who prefer plants that have already housed birds. They're lucky! This bird is the only one I know (locally) that prefers the blue berries of oregon grape holly and blue fruited viburnum.


On Nov 29, 2010, irishgramma from Peace River,
Canada wrote:

We also have flocks of these birds visiting for 1-3 weeks in Peace River, (Northern) Alberta, usually between late November and mid January. We've already seen a few this year!


On Sep 14, 2010, heidipg from Prince George,
Canada wrote:

I live in central northern BC, Canada and we get large flocks of these fascinating birds in December/January when they strip the mountain ash berries. They are around for 2-3 weeks and then seem to disappear. it is funny to watch from the windows as they swoop around. They drive my two cats completely crazy. We usually have -20C or colder by this time of the year and it gets colder later in winter. I am looking forward to seeing them again!


On Apr 25, 2010, Debitha1 from Bush, LA wrote:

One of the things I like about these busy birds is the beautiful "whoosh" when they depart as one in a gray wave of activity. Did anyone else notice an orange splash on some of theirs? Does this signify they are males?


On Apr 18, 2010, globaldon from Quitman, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

We live in Quitman, Texas and were surprised to see several of these beautiful birds in our back yard. They visited on April16,2010. This was the first time my wife and I had seen any in our area. We are hoping they will return in the future...Don


On Apr 8, 2010, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

These are some of the prettiest birds. They pop out here in central NC in small flocks mid-Spring when the berry producing plants have put on fruit. They line up on a branch. The "leader" pops a berry off the plant or tree and passes it down the line until each has had his/her share. The scene always makes me giggle. They especially love the wild Mulberry in my back yard.


On Mar 26, 2010, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

We only see the beautiful Cedar Waxwings for a short period during the winter months, usually late January through early March. They devour berries of the Sugarberry tree, Mulberry, Holly, Cedar and Cherry trees.