I had this Bohemian Waxwing (along with 18 others and 16 Cedar Waxwings) yesterday feeding on crab apples in western Massachusetts. Although the snow in the background and overcast skies made the light situation very difficult, I was extremely happy. Rare and irregular winter visitors from the far north, Bohemians are one of my favorite birds, and I certainly wish they showed up more in Massachusetts. The much rarer Bohemian Waxwing differs from the Cedar Waxwing in a few ways. They are slightly larger, have reddish under tails, and white and yellow stripes on closed wings. In my opinion, they are also much cooler. Their calls are also noticeably more robust and deeper.
New Salem, Massachusetts
March 4, 2012