What's Inside for 2011

Cover: Eastern Screech Owl

January: Merlin

February: Carolina Wrens

March: Little Blue Heron

April: Common Grackle

May: Piping Plover

June: Red-bellied Woodpecker

July: Cedar Waxwing

August: Pectoral Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper

September: Snowy Egret &
Double-crested Cormorant

October: Black-throated Blue Warbler

November: Bufflehead

December: Eastern Screech Owl

Back Cover: All


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July 2011, Cedar Waxwing, female

July 2011: Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedorum)

Cedar Waxwings nest a bit later than most songbirds. I found this one nesting in the sumac of Seapoint beach in Kittery Point, Maine. Earlier in the season she and her mate affectionately fed each other berries from the honeysuckle bushes. Often taken for just another drab brown bird, up close there's something about their silky blend of cinnamon to lemon yellow breasts, crested heads, masked face, and the red waxy droplets on their wings that captures the imagination. Their calls are a high pitched jingly trill, often heard on the wing.