On Jan. 11, 2013, a visitor reported seeing a bohemian waxwing near the parking lot at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center. As word spread, the bohemian waxwing was seen by other birders near the parking area and over in Holden’s holly collection on the east side of Sperry Road. Several of our members were able to capture photos of the bird, which is normally not found south of Lake Erie.
The bohemian waxwing is a little larger than the common cedar waxwing, with reddish feathers under its tail and white markings on its wings. According to Larry Rosche’s Birds of the Cleveland Region, the last reported sighting of a bohemian waxwing at Holden was in March 1962.
Birders also spotted a hoary redpoll on the grounds this weekend. Learn more and see a visitor photo of the hoary redpoll.
Here are a few of the photos visitors shared with us: