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Cedar Waxwing Babies | by Cappy0161
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Cedar Waxwing Babies

I was doing laundry at my apartment complex and usually only see common house sparrow, robin, titmouse, or chickadee babies in the big white pines this time of year. I did not look up on the first few trips to the laundry room but heard a trill on my third trip and looked up to see these beauties:o)

 

I noticed that if a baby grabbed the berry out of mom's beak too early, they did not know how to swallow them and held on to them for a while before dropping it. Of course Mom could only feed after the berry was dropped so during some feeding events one would get all the food. Mom was very good in giving each 2 berries at a time and usually had a good number stored in her crop. She would usually stuff the berries deep down the throat and sometimes come out with so much stomach goo that she had t wipe her own beak off for a long time on a nearby branch before resuming the feeding. In any case, this as a nice surprise:o)

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Taken on July 10, 2009