They were, most likely, getting "a drink" of snow. I have seen them acting
the way you describe as well. Other birds "eat snow" too.
I am heading to Orange Co. on Sunday with a couple of birding buddies. Do
you have any suggestions for good spots to look in the Randolph area?
On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM, Kathy Leonard <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> While in our woods yesterday, my husband Peter stopped and watched as
> "75-100" cedar waxwings arrived.
> As he described it, a group of 20 or so would "flutter down" a leader of a
> yellow birch from top to bottom (as if removing the snow), at which point
> they'd return to the top and work down again. Several such groups
> systematically moved through the trees this way.