Driving into my neighborhood last week, I spotted a large flock of birds flying around. That is not unusual this time of year, so I paid no extra attention to them. After I parked the car in my garage, I heard a whole lot of bird noise in the back yard.

Cedarwaxwings1An entire flock of Cedar Waxwings landed in our pine tree. I could not count the birds. There were hundreds of them. No one believes me when I say that, but go ahead, count them.

Cedarwaxwings2The birds must have been feeding somewhere close and needed a rest. Cedar Waxwings feed almost exclusively on berries and they swallow them whole.
That means the seeds from the berries have to come out the other end of the birds. I don’t know what berries they found in our area, but they must have found the mother lode.

It sounded like a full blown rain event in our yard as the birds relieved themselves of the seeds. Unfortunately, I have a small shed in the back yard, to house my lawn equipment; it is right under the tree. It caught a big portion of the seeds and  took a lot of water to hose them off of the roof.Cedarwaxwings4




FOG sez: Today I learned NOT to stand under a tree full of Cedar Waxwings.