July 03, 2016

The juggler

We had a pair of cedar waxwings come into the yard today. Didn't realize any berries were ready.
He/she tossed the berries up and in.

Bombycilla cedrorum

Many birds that eat a lot of fruit separate out the seeds and regurgitate them, but the Cedar Waxwing lets them pass right through. Scientists have used this trait to estimate how fast waxwings can digest fruits.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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