Since we were so honored in receiving the Thinking Blogger Award yesterday by our dear friends Luxor and Daisy, we had to really think about today's TT. So, we decided to have a skool day and learn all about Cedar Waxwing Fev-vers!!
1. This is a Cedar Waxwing.
2. It is the most specialized fruit eating bird in N. America.
3. They travel in flocks typically from about 30-100, but can reach 1000.
4. Here is a flock outside our kitchen window last month. If you look really closely, you can count 16 birds in the tree.
5. They were eating the berries off the Yaupon Holly tree by our kitchen window. This is what the berries look like.
6. Cedar Waxwings have also been in our backyard eating the ornamental pears from our Aristocrat Pear tree. Here is a picture of that fruit.
7. Since they rely on ripening fruit to feed their hatchlings, they are among the last N. American birds to nest.
8. The highest concentrations of wintering Cedar Waxwings occur in central Texas in the oak-juniper savanna and in Alabama and eastern Mississippi in stands of juniper, sweet gum, and oak.
9. Their summer range is southern Canada from southeastern Alaska and northern British Columbia to central Ontario, southern Quebec, and central Newfoundland. They breed as far south as Maryland and Virginia (and in the mountains as far south as northern Georgia), across the northern United States to northern California.
10. Their summer habitat is open woodlands, fruiting trees and orchards.
11. They are 7" (18cm) long.
12. They are vulnerable to alcohol intoxication and death after eating fermented fruit.
13. The first time Maw noticed a flock of Cedar Waxwings, she was volunteering as a Research Aide at the Dallas Zoo in the Okapi Barn. Here is a picture of an Okapi. We think we'll do a TT on Okapis next week. We bet you think it's related to the Zebra, don't you?