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There’s nothing like a cedar waxwing!

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The cedar waxwing pictured above is demonstrating the fondness these birds have for fruit. According to the iBird app, they are the most specialized fruit-eating bird, but their diet also includes items such as carpenter ants, cicadas, caterpillars, cankerworms, and maple sap. Other strange information is  that they sometimes become intoxicated from eating fermented berries in winter, and they will also readily eat apple slices, currants, and canned peas. The yellow or orange terminal band on their tails are thought to vary in color depending on their diet. The most entertaining fact I read about waxwings is that a group of them could be called an “ear-full” or a “museum” of waxwings. Here are a few more pictures:

My walk today was a chilly one, and I was wishing for a warmer jacket. The temperature was only about 57 degrees with a stiff breeze, but the sun was shining, the waxwings came out to play, and I ran into several friends and caught up with their news, so it was a good day for a walk along the trail!

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18 thoughts on “There’s nothing like a cedar waxwing!

    1. Thanks, Terri. My camera is a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 70-300 lens. I was standing 30 feet or so from the tree when the waxwings flew in. I knew they were around, so I was just hoping they would put in an appearance. That doesn’t always pay off, but this time it did.

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    1. I’ve observed that birds and other wildlife don’t always conform to my standards for raising their babies, eating, etc. Thanks for stopping by today to share your thoughts.

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  1. Very nice shots. Where in Chagrin River Park did you find them? I saw some at North Chagrin 2 days ago eating the serviceberries by the nature center. They are there reliably every year, but I don’t know where the berries are at Chagrin River Park.

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    1. Hi Chris. I’ve been fascinated by cedar waxwings ever since I first saw them, and I am really excited that they have returned to our local park after an absence of over two years. Would love to have them visit our “back yard bird buffet.”

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. I appreciate your regular comments on my posts. I was holding my breath that the waxwings would stay in that tree long enough for me to capture a few photographs yesterday. They did, and I was thrilled with the results.

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    1. Hi Kathy. I suspected you enjoy the waxwings just based on the photo of them in the header of your blog. They are such fascinating birds, aren’t they? And beautiful too! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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