Monday, June 17, 2013

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings

Waxwing Way is a section along the Elbow River where the Waxwings hang out to eat insects. In the colder months the Bohemians feed from this location and in the spring and summer the Cedars feed from the same trees.
There are lots of perches and depending on what kind of insect is "in season," the birds choose a lower perch close to the river level or a higher perch closer to the tops of the mature aspen and spruce beside the river.
I hardly ever see the insects but the activity of the Waxwings makes the presence of these tiny flying invertebrates quite clear. Today was especially buggy with lots of mosquitoes but the waxwings were not likely feeding on these insects. 


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