Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) Birdwatchers’ guidebooks are chock-full of facts. They tell you that waxwings have wings not of wax But of silky plumes made of hooklet and barb That, glimpsed from a distance, resemble the garb Of Napoleon’s soldiers, bedecked chevaliers Who dive from high perches when a rival appears. They’re solemn as churches, these birders’ reviews Of each patch of forest that passes for news. They’re not for cycloptics who scoff with derision At birdwatching toffs with binocular vision. They’re binders of questions no amateur’d ask: What face has the waxwing? A rakish black mask. A diet of cherries and raspberries, right? In summer, some waxwings catch bugs in midflight. You’ll learn waxwings whistle, both females and males. And if waxwings were wax, they’d have candles for tails.