Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

living on fruit

The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few North American birds that can survive on fruit alone for several months. They are found year round here in Michigan. Last weekend I went on a winery tour and when I got home I spotted this guy while running off some of that wine.

Cedar Waxwing


4 responses

  1. They are migratory here, and when they arrive,they come by the hundreds. They swoop in and cover our trees and chow down on the berries on our yaupon trees. They are gorgeous birds, and I think you got a great photo. Happy Friday to you, too. :-)

    November 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

  2. These sleek-looking birds are also year-round here in southeastern PA. I’ve wanted to see one ever since reading Nabokov’s Pale Fire (“I was the shadow of the waxwing slain / By the false azure in the window pane”). But I never do see one. And saying so is my way of tempting the universe to prove me wrong. For now, this cool picture will do!

    November 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    • melissakoski

      Hey Scott. I wanted to see one since my little brother told me he sees them in his yard….we’re a bit competitive in our family…about anything! I went out and bought an elderberry bush, which I read they like, and as I was planting it a flock of Cedar Waxwings flew from of of our juniper trees to another. I think your tempting the universe may just do the trick!

      I’m sure you’ll see one soon since you spend time looking around outdoors…. a huge advantage over couch potatoes. (:

      November 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

  3. melissakoski

    Bob that sounds so cool. I can usually hear a flock when it arrives, but the numbers are more like 20-30 here. I see them covering my juniper trees a lot.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:04 am


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