I spotted a cedar waxwing on my holly a few days ago and managed to snap a few photos before he moved on with his companions. He arrived just a day after the Memphis Commercial Appeal in West Tennessee featured waxwings on their front page.
It seems that a hard freeze in one area caused berries to rupture and ferment and a flock of waxwings were noticed by many to be acting strangely, colliding with objects and flying 'under the influence'. Not humorous for the birds, to say the least, but according to Cornell this is apparently not rare either. What a mean trick from mother nature.
Below, a few more photos of cedar waxwings. I encountered this group a week ago while on a walk near the Hiwassee Refuge. They arrived in a band of fifty or more and were enjoying privet berries. Privet is an invasive, non-native, berry producing shrub said to be less nutritious than our native berries and one of the last selected for feasting by wandering wintering flocks. I'd say from all the chattering and berry picking going on, these birds weren't complaining.
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.