Cedar Boy Saves the Day
When I last worked at this bird observatory in 2007, the other bander and I had a tendency to call the birds that we were catching by names other than their real ones. Sometimes it was just abbreviations, like Swainsie for Swainson’s thrush and Linkie for Lincoln’s sparrow. Alder Flycatchers were refered to by their French name, Moucherolle des aulne and White-throated sparrow by their Finnish name, Valkokurkkusirkku. But some nicknames were a little more bizarre, such as Black-capped chickadees became Oreoheads and Yell0w-rumped warblers were Bubus (short for Butter-butt.) Don’t worry, they all went down on the data sheets by their proper alpha codes.
This is an adult female Cedar Waxwing. They really do have waxy tips on their wings, the number increasing with age, and males generally having more than females. This one had a ton, and even had tips on her tail, but other features (such as the amount of black in her chin and the fact that she had a brood patch) indicated that this one was a female.