Orioles and Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) -P1
Willow Creek Recreation Area, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA; SEP 2019

Over the course of the current year, I have been busily photographing many birds; so many that I have gotten behind in my posts. Over the next few months I’ll do my best to catch up, interspersed with some other interesting aspects of nature such as the golden leaves of the aspens along the eastern sierra. In this post, I’ll start with sharing some birds that I find especially beautiful.

The Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is found in the western part of North America. They like open areas near trees where they can find caterpillars, fruit and nectar.

The Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) is found in the southwestern United States. However, in breeding season they reside in western California also. They live in more open areas, and especially like palm trees. They like fruit, nectar and the sugar water in hummingbird feeders.

The Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorumlives) can be found across much of the United States. They are social birds that flock together in trees. Their preferred diet is fruit and berries but sometimes practice the aerobatics of flycatchers chasing insects. Waxwings get their name from a waxy substance they secrete from their wingtips.

Here in the Sacramento area, we see the waxwings in the winter and the orioles in the summer.


Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)
Lake Natomas, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2019
Female Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2019
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2019
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) -P2
Willow Creek Area, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA; SEP 2019

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