Every day, through the open window, I hear the thin cries of cedar waxwings as they strafe the back yard, flying from ligustrums to yaupons in the greenbelt behind our house to polish off the late-season berries. With their sleek, tan feathers and robbers’ masks, they are among my favorite bird visitors. Show More Summary
While admiring possumhaw hollies (Ilex decidua) at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last Friday, I couldn’t help noticing lots of birds doing the same. A solitary cedar waxwing commuted for snacks from a bald cypress, where my son was able to get a few photos of it. Show More Summary
Q: I’ve seen several dead cedar waxwings at the entrance to my office. What do you think is killing them? A: In spring, waxwings sometimes eat too many over-ripe berries from nandina, hawthorn, and pyracantha. As a fruit-loving bird, they have developed a “storage pouch” in which to keep the berries they can’t immediately swallow. […]
"Explain the principles of proper labeling, giving an outline of a suitable label for Amphelis cedrorum, Cedar Waxwing; for an army field writing desk used by General Grant during the civil war; for a fossil plant; for a mineral."
The young cedar waxwing I saved from the jaws of death last week is doing fine in The Berry Barn. I took some strawberries out to it and it wasn't too long before those disappeared. I also put a little dish of water with the berries but I don't know if it's drinking much of that. Show More Summary
This photo was taken in Pismo Beach, California.
The cedar waxwing is a robin sized songbird that is found in the northern United States and southern Canada. Birds that breed in the northern US are typically year round residents while birds that breed in Canada often migrate south to the US, Mexico and Central America for the winter. Show More Summary
A pair of Cedar Waxwings could not be more perfectly posed than they are for this photo.
One of my new year's resolutions which was actually not a resolution, and wasn't made in January, was to lose the extra pounds around the waist (there's a resolution no one ever thought of before...), so I have been walking, walking, walking for several months now. Show More Summary
Cedar Waxwing ( Bombycilla cedrorum) I'm told that today is National Bird Day (thanks, Randall), which was convenient to today's post since I was already collecting pictures of birds from my last two days of neighborhood exploration....Show More Summary
Waxwings are a family (Bombycillidae) of passerine birds characterized by their soft, silky plummage. Some of the wing feathers have unique red tips where the shafts extend beyond the barbs; in the Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax, and give the group its common name. 1. Show More Summary
Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing bird’s crops. Feeding Behavior-Related Toxicity due to Nandina domestica in Cedar Waxwings I’ll leave it up to [...]
Today, I’ve been surrounded by animal talk. It’s a glorious day – very warm for this time of year in Colorado. I had a window open and approximately 50 birds (mostly cedar waxwings and robins) were feasting on the berries produced by the tree in front of my house. The sounds of all those birds really got my cat going. Show More Summary
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It’s that time of year again. Sidewalks are speckled, cars are spattered. Flocks of Cedar Waxwings are buzzing everywhere, streaked juveniles mingling with creamy adults on their pilgrimages through the parks, gorging as they go. American Robins are coming up off the lawns to partake as well. In short, the berries are ripe, and I [...]
A new report in the Journal of Ornithology reports that cedar waxwings are flying drunkenly to their deaths at an alarming rate due to their habit of gorging on berries. Here’s more on this drunken mayhem: Cedar waxwings have evolved to live on a diet that averages 84 per cent fruit. But those evolutionary innovations [...]
Between 2005 and 2007, Angelenos noticed that almost entire flocks of cedar waxwings were slamming into their windows and fences in broad daylight. Residents sent them off to a lab to figure out why the heck the birds were dying en masse, and now a Journal of Ornithology study (via a New Scientist article) explains what happened. [ more › ]
New Scientist:After overindulging in berries, flocks of cedar waxwings flew drunkenly to their doom. That's the conclusion of a new report in the Journal of Ornithology. ...[T]he downfall of the flocks came from eating too many berries. Show More Summary
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Waxwing taken by Remo Savisaar Click through on the link to see more of his gorgeous photos of Waxwings in this setting. We call these Cedar Waxwings at our house. But the berry picking behavior is altogether familiar. There is nothing like seeing a flock of these beauties descend on a bush, twittering like crazy, and picking it clean in about ten minutes.