[Bristol-Birds] Unusual Waxwing Behavior

  • From: "Roger Mayhorn" <mayhorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol Birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 09:33:55 -0400

Area Birders,
Yesterday morning, while everything was still enclosed in fog, I heard a lot
of fluttering in the top of a maple in the yard. In the top I observed 8-10
Cedar Waxwings fluttering among the wet leaves. At first I thought they were
feeding, but there was nothing on the tree for them to feed on. Upon closer
examination I noticed that they were "tree bathing". They were fluttering
among the wet leaves until they got wet. They would then fly to a branch and
I had never noticed this behavior before. I never saw them eat anything
during this time, so I don't believe they were feeding.

Enjoy the birds,

Roger Mayhorn
Grundy, VA
Buchanan County Bird Club


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