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Cedar Waxwings Swarm a Holly Oak

 

Cedar Waxwings are a lovely songbird that love to eat berries.  Our neighbors have three Holly Oak trees that are full of bright red and tasty for birds, berries.  A few days ago, I noticed a large flock of birds circling around the neighborhood alighting on tall trees and then moving on to another area of trees.

Since I believed that these birds were Cedar Waxwings from their appearance and behavior, I watched from a distance while the birds swarmed the Holly Oaks taking berries with abandon!  Quite the sight.  I had to stay pretty far away because whenever the birds spotted me, off they would fly.

I think my neighborhood is on the normal migration route for these birds on their trip back up North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

A Flock of Cedar Waxwings

 

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During the past couple of days we have been seeing a big flock of Cedar Waxwings here in our neighborhood.  It is likely that there are several hundred birds in the flock.  These birds slightly resemble the Tufted Titmice in that they have a top-knot but they are larger, are a rosy beige with yellow, white and black markings. They Cedar Waxwings also have the appearance of a faint smokey-black eye mask.  I really like these cuties!

The Cedar Waxwings like eating berries (such as the Juniper berries seen in some of these photographs) and small nuts.  They also eat insects but generally are seed-eaters.  They can sometimes become drunk from eating fermenting berries!  What a thing!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!

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