4.09.2009

on bird poop

For the past week I have been unable to leave my beloved Kia out of the garage. Ten minutes and it's covered with recycled hackberries. Yuck!! The culprits turn out to be an errant flock of Cedar Waxwings. I had no idea what they were but my friend Corianna was able to identify them immediately, probably because she has lived most of her life in Washington, the state. My Audubon bird guide shows them rarely straying south, and only as far as Virginia or West Virginia! The guide further states, "Waxwings spend most of the year in flocks whose movements may be quite erratic. Hundreds will suddenly appear in an area to exploit a crop of berries, only to vanish when that crop is exhausted...These social birds have the amusing habit of passing berries or even apple blossoms from one bird to the next down a long row sitting on a branch, until one bird eats the food." So cute! JMB wishes they would move on now. He has been overworked keeping the paint on the cars from getting marred.

4 comments:

jared david said...

not that i in any way condone the mass, forced evacuation of any species from their home...these birds have no home. i say scarecrows and wooden owl statues in and around your perimeter. let them poop on the neighbors car.

Mony said...

ha ha! -- you and JMB think alike

jared david said...

who is jmb?

Mony said...

John M Brittingham