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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fruit Eaters

Today while at Stateline Woods we came across about six Cedar Waxwings hanging out in a puddle along the main drive.  They flew off when we got close, but seeing them reminded me of how pretty they are. The Cedar Waxwings are one of the only "fruit" specialists birds in the area.  They primarily eat fruit and little else, in late summer when the berries become overripe, you may come across a waxwing that has intoxicated himself on a fermented berry! 

They are typically very social birds who like to congregate in large flocks and they have thin high whistles.  It is typically easy to recognize a flock of waxwings flying overhead by these sounds. If you go on any berry picking expeditions with your family this weekend, keep your eyes open for any Cedar Waxwings to be in the vicinity!

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