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Old Monday 3rd April 2006, 12:39   #1
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Where to go to see Waxwings in US

Every time I see a picture of a Waxwing I stand in aww. Yet I have never seen one in person. Can anyone in the US. tell me where I might go to catch a glimpse?

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Old Monday 3rd April 2006, 13:12   #2
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Every time I see a picture of a Waxwing I stand in aww. Yet I have never seen one in person. Can anyone in the US. tell me where I might go to catch a glimpse?

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I've seen cedar waxwings on several holidays to the USA. At High island Texas, Cape May, etc, so try a coastal migration hotspot in April/May.
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I found Cedar Waxwings to be (very) common birds in the northern US (MN, ND, SD, OH). I'd think in Illinois, it wouldn't be much different: summer is the best time. Learn their high, piercing call and you'll find them!
They are common on the Fermilab Grounds in Western Chicago, which should be quite close to you:
http://www.fnal.gov/ecology/wildlife...r_Waxwing.html
Bohemian Waxwing (which I find much prettier) is a whole other story...
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I would suggest looking for likely habitat or generally good migration spots. The birds are quite common, and are often found in large flocks.

According to CLO's All About Birds, Cedar Waxwings:

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* Breeds in open woodland, old fields with shrubs and small trees, riparian areas, farms, and suburban gardens.
* Winters in areas with fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, especially open woodlands, parks, gardens, and forest edges.
They like eating fruit, especially in winter, so keep an eye out for them in fruit-heavy areas.
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Every time I see a picture of a Waxwing I stand in aww. Yet I have never seen one in person. Can anyone in the US. tell me where I might go to catch a glimpse?

Art Schlaman
Downers Grove, Illinois USA
Art, you're in the perfect area right now to see them over the next couple of months, take it you're capable of getting out (if handicapped, drop me a personal, we'll work something out). They're pretty common in a lot of places around Dupage county.

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we've got em pretty good in ct. but they aren't as predictable as some of the other birds. I do see them a lot near cedars as their name would indicate.I know of one spot near some powerlines where I see them frequently. The sound they make is kind of quiet and usually when you find one there will be a good number of them. They aren't that shy either.
They will coninue their fixation of eating berries as you stand close by watching.
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Every time I see a picture of a Waxwing I stand in aww. Yet I have never seen one in person. Can anyone in the US. tell me where I might go to catch a glimpse?

Art Schlaman
Downers Grove, Illinois USA
Had a colony of them back in early March here in south Jersey for a couple days up in my bradford pear tree out back just roosting as a group of ten. Zoomed in on them with my binos and they were beautiful birds ,very peaceful
and not at all intimidated. Did see them again a couple weeks ago but have'nt seen them since.

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