Cedar Waxwings Along the Courtenay River

Cedar Waxwing
Flocks of Cedar Waxwings are feeding on the berries of Black Twinberry. Note the white undertail coverts that differentiate this bird from the Bohemian Waxwing.

Over the last couple of days I’ve noticed Cedar Waxwings along the Courtenay River during my regular nature walks to the Courtenay Airpark with the kids. There seems to be several flocks working the Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) that I wrote about back in mid-May. This shrub has now gone to berry and the distinctive double berries (black in colour) are ready for birds to eat.

Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) is in berry along the Courtenay Riverway Walk in the Comox Valley, British Columbia.

I talked with a couple of birders from England who were birding the Airpark and they claimed to have seen a couple of Bohemian Waxwings in the flock but seemed to be unfamiliar with the field mark that separates them from the more common Cedar Waxwing. I’ve kept my eye open and have been methodical about searching through the waxwings but I’ve been unable to find any birds with cinnamon brown undertail coverts. Needless to say, I’ll keep looking!