Cedar waxwing

A cedar waxwing perches in a maple tree in Manhattan’s Fairmont Park early Saturday. Otte describes them as “secretive and quiet.” They feed on cedar berries, hackberry seeds, crabapples and similar foods. “They’re regularly found at heated birdbaths in winter and their feathers are so fine they sometimes look like they have fur, not feathers,” Otte says. “They get their name, waxwing, because it can look as if some of their feathers were dipped in wax!”

Listening to Chuck Otte talk, it’s not a stretch to think that birds’ future depend on people like him.

Otte is willing to take the public out on walks through local parks to see and hear birds in their habitat. He’s clearly passionate about winged creatures and their value to humans.