Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

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Readers of this blog know that I often stop for road kill, which is a great way for amateur naturalists to learn about the animals of an area. Yesterday on our way to the Hickory Run State Park here in Pennsylvania, I spotted this freshly killed Cedar Waxwing on the road. It is such a beautiful bird, and this poor specimen was still warm. The waxings get their name from the waxy red tips on the wings. Not only is it a beautiful bird, but a bird with a voracious appetite for berries and fruit, just like me! They are found in open forest areas and they also like running water. Cedar Waxwings have adapted well to human habitat and around common in the northern half of the United States, from Washington state to Maine. In the winter they are quite nomadic, gathering in larger numbers and moving to where they can find food, mostly in the warmer areas of the Americas.

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