A Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) sits in a snow- and ice-covered mountain juniper tree during the week long winter storm that hit Texas in February 2021.
We see many of these brightly-coloured birds during the winter here in Texas where flocks of them will descend on any berry-bearing trees or bushes and strip them bare in minutes. They are usually very sleek and trim looking but, in cold weather they will puff up into fluffy balls like this to retain heat.
Waxwings get their name from the bright red splashes on their wingtips (not visible in this image) which look as if they have been dipped in sealing wax.
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