To the south and on European web sites, I have been treated to some great photos of waxwings, usually Bohemian as opposed to my buddy, the Cedar waxwing. After looking at them on these web sites I find that I miss my guys. They are an extremely friendly bird, that live together in flocks, that I can find anywhere, but in berry season near the berry trees, of which there is no shortage in this forest. They are also extremely elegant looking.
So I gathered a few facts together about them:
1) They eat insects when berries are not available; thus aiding insect control.
2) As far as berries go they are voracious eaters. Berries figure in their courtship ritual, in that the male and female exchange berries. As well they nest near berry trees in the peak berry season.
3) They are social living in flocks and constantly chattering.
For further information see: http://canadianbiodiversity.mcgill.ca/. and http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/ See the essay: Robert Rice, Cedar Waxwings: The Moveable Feaster.
For more bird sites see: World Bird Wednesday @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/