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Our February calendar features a Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum). These beautiful songbirds migrate through the Lake Norman area this month, traveling in large flocks of hundreds of birds, stopping to feast on seasonal fruits and berries. A flock or two faithfully visit our house to browse our privet and cedar hedges each year. Cedar waxwing are identified by their unmistakable sleek profiles, black eye mask, vibrant scarlet wing tips, and yellow tail tips. You may also hear them before you see them, as they are very social birds and like to chatter with each other. For this reason, a flock of cedar waxwings is known as an “ear-full” due to their trills and tweets. Another term for a flock of cedar waxwings, is a “museum,” which I can only imagine is due to their massive appearance together as a collection. They are a treat to behold each year!
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