Cedar Waxwing (Draw-a-Bird Day)

cedar waxwing s

masked harlequin, air
dancer, choreographer
of parallel flight–

what secrets hold the patterns
of your synchronicity?

I chose the cedar waxwing for my bird this month because of its beautiful and varied coloration.  I wanted to do some drawing with my neocolors, blending difference shades to create multicolored effects.

I drew the bird paired, because waxwings are social birds, and often exhibit food-sharing behavior, as well as other complex rituals including the synchronized flight of large flocks.  They are native to North and Central America, and migrate in unpredictable patterns that follow berries and other sweet fruit, their main dietary source.  They like sugar so much they can get drunk from gorging on plentiful supplies of fruit.  They also eat insects.

Although the information I read said they are not often seen alone, I did come across a single waxwing on a tree by the path where I was walking near my brother’s house in North Carolina a few years ago.  They are distinctive and beautiful birds.

I also wanted to note that I have 3 pieces of art in The Raw Art Review Summer 2019.  You can see it here; the reblog would not work.

Once again, Draw a Bird Day, the 8th of each month, is serving as a placeholder here at MeMadTwo while Nina takes an extended break. I’m hoping she’ll be back in 2020.  In the meantime, you can find me (Kerfe) at https://kblog.blog/.


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47 responses to “Cedar Waxwing (Draw-a-Bird Day)”

  1. V.J. Knutson says :

    Love your waxwings! Beautiful birds.

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  2. Yul says :

    Nice colors – also congrats for having your art on the Review!

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  3. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Kerfe, your bird pictures really are exceptional. A lovely poem and good information too.

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  4. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Beautiful, Kerfe. We have waxwings in the back yard at about this time of year, eating the persimmons.

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  5. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your pair of Waxwings are lovely! ❤️ I see one about once a year if I am lucky, usually at the lake. I love their coloring. 😊

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  6. Jane Dougherty says :

    Congratulations! I’ll go over and have a look straight away. I like the gesture you have captured here, it’s more than sociable 🙂

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  7. Olga says :

    Beautiful use of pastel colors. The slight irridescent sheen on the back of the beauty on the right is quite striking. Love the pose you worked with. ❤

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  8. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Congratulations dear Marta and awesome painting. Loved the different shades of colors. Too good.

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  9. Carol A. More says :

    A lovely gracefulness about this pair, drawn beautifully, of course. I know NC is a big state, but if ever close to the coast, we should meet up!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Carol. My brother and sister-in-law live in Charlotte, although when I went to visit several years ago they were in Asheville. Perhaps they will head east next!


  10. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful colors, Kerfe. I love birds and haven’t seen these in Oregon. It would be a treat, for sure.

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  11. MAGNY TJELTA says :

    Beautiful artwork and how fascinating they are

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  12. rothpoetry says :

    These are beautiful! Love the colors!!

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  13. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    You captured them beautifully! I love seeing them share food. And I like how you gave the beigy feathers various coloured highlights – I like the effect a lot. 😊

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  14. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Kerfe! Since returning to WP (I was previously the author of Fairy of Disenchantment) I’ve needed to re-gather all my old friends — what a relief and pleasure to find you right where I left you! I hope to see Nina again too in the new year… I love this post because I have this weird affinity for cedar waxwings (maybe I relate to the binging on fruit, though the insects… are likely an acquired taste). Bizarrely I never see them in my backyard, but I can hear their high-pitched little sighs so I comfort myself to think they’re feasting nearby. All best wishes ~ Sunshine

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  15. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Your birds are spectacular!! 😍And a huge congrats to you my friend!

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  16. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, you have a definite knack for capturing the spirit of birds in your artwork. Cedar waxwings are gorgeous birds. I never see them around here which is weird, but I’ve seen them around town in groups on certain berry trees. “What secrets hold the patterns of your synchronicity?” Wonderful question. Congratulations on entering pieces in the Raw Art Review! Going to check those out right after hitting send on this comment.

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  17. Dave Kingsbury says :

    The drawing has real iridescence with colourful word images to accompany.

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  18. Dave Kingsbury says :

    The drawing’s striking iridescence is accompanied by striking and evocative word images.

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  19. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Oh whoops, on repeat, feel free to delete this and the first comment!


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