Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

big party, big buzz

Cedar Waxwings occasionally become intoxicated or even die when they run across overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings


8 responses

  1. No kidding? Been watching cedar waxwings forever and didn’t know that about them.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

  2. Wow! That sky is incredible! And those cedar waxwings look full as a tick.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • melissakoski

      Leah it was a different kind of day with the wind blowing from the east. We almost always have westerly winds. Even my walk up the block felt differently that day. And then the whole evening was beautiful.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  3. allmycke

    I’ve seen waxwings literally falling off branches, chirping helplessly (or drunkenly)…
    Fantastic shot of the sky!

    September 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    • melissakoski

      I’ve only heard them being boisterous and haven’t gotten to witness a party…yet! (:

      September 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  4. According to the Beeb, moose sometimes get drunk enough to climb trees:

    September 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    • melissakoski

      Perfect link! Thanks for the chuckle.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

  5. melissakoski

    I haven’t seen it yet Rev. P., but do know people that have. Did you see the moose link? I think most of “my” berries are eaten before they ferment. (:

    September 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm


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