I don't believe in heaven or hell and I don't believe in reincarnation BUT . . . if there is such a thing, I hope I come back as a Cedar Waxwing. These birds really have the life. They are always in a group, are always calling to each other in that high squeaky call note and always appear to be having care free days. That suits me just fine.
Cedar Waxwing - typical pose high on an exposed branch
Another typical pose - looking for his/her companions
I love the white eye liner
Look closely - the red dots at the end of the wing feathers is what gives the Cedar Waxwing it's name. These red dots are waxy deposits that form at the end of the feathers from accumulated wax in their diet of (usually) cedar berries.
Waxwing hanging out in the mulberry bush
Listen for high thin calls in your local park, then look up. If you see more than one bird flying over head it is probably a flock of Cedar Waxwings.