March 07, 2017

Picking berries

About 50 Cedar Waxwings were in the trees at the Rondeau Provincial Park Campground a few days ago.

They tore through the juniper and cedars stripping the berries.
A few minutes later they were gone.

Bombycilla cedrorum 


The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few North American birds that specializes in eating fruit. It can survive on fruit alone for several months. Brown-headed Cowbirds that are raised in Cedar Waxwing nests typically don’t survive, in part because the cowbird chicks can’t develop on such a high-fruit diet.

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