Like many of you, I try to attract as many different species of birds to my feeders as possible.  However, in spite of repeated efforts, I have yet to see a cedar waxwing dine at my feeders.

       It is often said that coming close only counts when you play horseshoes.  If that is the case, several years ago when a cedar waxing visited a birdbath located close by my feeders, I should be able to place it on my list of feeder birds.  Right?  Whom am I kidding? You know as well as I do, to add a cedar waxwing this prestigious list would totally delegitimize it.

       Other people report that they have coaxed cedar waxwings to their feeders by placing currents, raisins, and chopped apples in a platform feeder.  I have heard once they recognize your feeders as a place to dine, they will regularly appear and gorge themselves on your food offerings.

       With that in mind, I have decided to adopt a new strategy to attract these enigmatic birds to my feeders.  I am going to concentrate my feeding efforts during those times when flocks of cedar waxwings visit the large red cedar trees growing in our yard are loaded with berries.  When that occurs, it might be best if my wife hides the raisins and apples since they just might find their way to a platform feeder perched in front of my office. 

       I will let you know how things turn out.

       In the meantime, I would like know if you have ever been successful in attracting cedar waxwings to your feeders.


  1. The waxwings like my holly bushes! I have planted additional winterberry Holly for them. I have started putting chopped apples etc in a tray feeder, but so far to my annoyance I am only feeding squirrels and blue jays!

  2. Thanks for your comments Maggie. I have seen them eat mulberries and red cedar berries in my yard but never holly berries.


  3. Yesterday, I was out loading my feeders and had about 7/8 cedar waxwings land on my maple tree. They appeared to be picking off the seed pods that were left on the tree. I have never had them in my yard! They were beautiful!

    • Leah,

      Thanks for sharing your observation. I will add maple seed pods to my list of seeds that cedar waxwings visit.


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