I was fascinated by a large group of waxwings behaving this way last
year over the "pond" at the Shelburne Museum. I stood on the covered
bridge and watched them for about 30 minutes--truly beautiful. I was
puzzled at first because I didn't know at the time that they ate
insects. I'm sorry I can't remember the exact time of year, but it
Quoting John Snell <[log in to unmask]>:
> Just back from a trip to Seattle area where I was fortunate to watch
> CEDAR WAXWINGS feeding on a hatch of aquatic insects. At a distance
> their flight-Sibley refers to it as "sallying" which is very accurate
> in my opinion-made me think they were swallows of some sort, very
> acrobatic, energetic and almost graceful.
> A reading of several reference books suggests, though they primarily
> feed on fruit during most of the year, that during nesting they also
> consume insects. I encourage readers to be on the outlook for this
> fascinating behavior here in Vermont.
> Enjoy this glorious day!
> John Snell
> Montpelier, VT