Bird Break: Cedar Waxwings in West Plano

A loyal Disher with a head for grammar and a bod for cycling reports a sends this picture for identification. He/she reports “thousands” are currently in his/her yard. They are cedar waxwings. I think they are lovely  and fun to watch. Some people around this office hate them because they eat all of the berries in the bushes and poop on their car. If you see a flock of this distinguished bird in your yard, cover your windows. The berries ferment in their stomachs and they “get drunk” and will crash into anything.

Also, several people have noted the sudden invasion of a “big brown bird with an orange breast.” American robins. I still have goldfinches at my feeders. Anyone else? They’re about to split the scene.


  • Rawlins Nichol-Plated

    My property which is ladden with massive cedar trees has had a couple of days with significant flocks of cedar wax wings swarming as they used to….after a few years lapse. They are very cute with their black masks. Trust me….if you think you have a lot of them, try being on a 1.7 acre lot with maybe 20-plus 3-story tall cedar trees that are over 100 years old on a hill next to the forest. There is a reason the Audubon Center is two miles south mid forest. It’s bird land around here. Eating the Chinese photinia, youpon and Burford and Nellie Stevens holly berries, the works. My drive and walk way looks like Jackson Pollick.

  • Worzel Gummidge


  • Kirk

    I think LB uses the same recipe for Cedar Waxwings that François Mitterand did for Ortolan.

  • Worzel, I suppose you could substitute CWW for woodcock in this recipe.

  • dk

    Thank you Nancy, Sunday morning I woke to the sound of a hundred or so American robins eating my yaupon holly berries. About 20 or so were trying to commit seppuku through my glass windows. Now I know they were just flying buzzed.

  • Worzel Gummidge

    Thanks you Kirk and NN! Did you know that there is no non-French way of cooking CWW? In fact, there is no non-French way of cooking anything!

  • mark

    I office at Preston and Cambell and we have been loaded with Cedar Waxwings for about 3 weeks. It always brings a crowd of gawkers to my office when they show up. Funny how you never see just 1 waxwing.

  • Sunny

    We have a very old, tall cedar tree in our backyard and chinaberry trees across the alley from our house. We have tons of cedar waxwings every year. They make a very high pitched peeping noise so we know when they have arrived before we can even see them. We also have a bunch of Robins, Finches, Jays and Starlings.