Service Berry/ Cedar Waxwing

Serviceberry is a shrub with finely serrated oval leaves, gray bark, and, depending on the time of year a beautiful white blossom (May) or sweet red to dark purple berries (July). They grow along both sides of the path in this area. Song birds enjoy eating its berries. One of these song birds with a particular fondness is the cedar waxwing. If it is present you will hear its soft "zee-zee" call. Cedar waxwings are a beautiful tan bird with a black mask, red wing tips, and a distinct yellow-striped tail tip. Although this bird loves to eat serviceberries, they can also be seen munching on insects. Oftentimes, this social bird can be spotted in large groups. Watch them for a while and you may even see them passing berries, small leaves or other items between each other.