Cedar Waxwing Courtenay BC

Cedar Waxwing posing for a picture between visits to the berries on the trees in the riparian area bordering Morrison Creek. Photo by K Clouston

The cedar waxwing is a pretty robin-sized bird that is fairly common in southern BC.  They feed mostly on berries so are seen more often later in the season when the berries are ripe.  They will also feed on insects while waiting for the berries to ripen.  Since they prefer to eat berries they tend to nest later than other birds so their babies are born when food is more plentiful.  They nest on a branch or vine in an open nest like many birds.  They are easily recognized by the crest and black mask which are visible when they are hiding in the shrubbery.