In contrast to many other bird species, the Bohemian and Cedar waxwings are what I call "ceramic" birds. Their feather detail is so fine that it is hard to distinguish individual feather details and this gives the birds a very smooth or "ceramic" appearance. The male Bohemian has ornate wing markings, chestnut undertail, gray-brown upper parts with gray underparts, a black throat and black mask with a wispy crest on top of their heads which can be raised depending on the mood of the bird.
While the Bohemian Waxwing is a migratory bird, it's winter range is usually north of the Canadian border with only a few birds venturing into our area. In some years the species will flock into the US by the tens of thousands in what is called an "irruption year".
Last Sunday, while scouring the National Forest in search of a Ruffed Grouse photo, we came across three Bohmian Waxwings feeding on berries along the edge of a small bog. This bird landed on top of a dead tree stump giving a nice contrast between the soft look of the bird and the weathered texture of the old wood. We did capture a few photos of a Ruffed Grouse and a nice 8-point Whitetail buck, but the Waxwing is the winner on this day!