January 11, 2016

Cedar Waxwing Birds have Arrived!

Cedar Waxwings arrived this morning!

Every winter, a flock of gorgeous Cedar Waxwing birds arrives at my front yard to feast on ripe berries in our Privet tree.  Their distinctive call reminds me of bird call background recordings I've listened to at the Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland.

Cedar Waxwings eat and roost in a flock; they will be in my front yard for just a couple days as they feast on the Privet's berries, completely stripping the tree of fruit.  (Which is a good thing, as the fruit can otherwise make a mess!)  Then it's off to another food location for the flock.

Interestingly, every year I notice other Privet trees in the neighborhood that are untouched by the Cedar Waxwings.  So perhaps our Privet tree is extra tasty?

Cedar Waxwings:  A Flocking, Feeding Frenzy this Morning

Here video of this morning's Cedar Waxwing feeding frenzy; the birds are flying in and out of the Privet tree on the left.  As you can see, the day was gray and dreary, yet made spectacular outside by the arrival of these fabulous birds.

Video:  Cedar Waxwing birds block to feast on Privet tree berries (tree on left).

For more information, the National Audubon Field Guide has a very informative write-up about the Cedar Waxwing.

Mary Rae Fouts

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