A Cedar Waxwing courtship ritual
The Cedar Waxwing is a bird that’s hard to not to love. They are incredibly beautiful with a delicate and sophisticated appearance, they travel in groups and display behaviors that personify love and caring for each other.
During courtship, the male will offer the female a gift of something like a piece of fruit, a flower petal, or an insect. They will pass it back and forth until the gift is eaten. I have seen this ritual a few times and it’s the sweetest thing to watch!
Once the ritual starts, the birds are very focused on each other. If you are really lucky you can see them in the trees passing their gift back and forth, back and forth.
Cedar Waxwings are found throughout North America. You can see them in places where fruiting trees are available as a food source.