Sometimes it's not the number of species observed, but what you observe when you're out. Six of us got a real treat yesterday at Hildene in Manchester right upon arrival with the trees bordering the parking lot literally teaming with Cedar Waxwings, which accompanied us for the majority of our walk around the house. Perhaps someone with more Cedar Waxwing knowledge can share about the berry-sharing behavior we witnessed. As mentioned, the birds seemed to be mature birds and they would pass a single berry between each other several times, occasionally shifting positions or moving along a branch. Best of all, and as is typical, they really didn't care how close we were to them!
Will be interesting to see if the red-tail is resident. Also had a sighting 2 weeks ago, in the same area...
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
Manchester Center, VT
> Hildene - Lincoln Family Home, Bennington, US-VT
> Dec 7, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
> Comments: Brisk but nice morning. Mostly calm with a couple of gusts during the walk. Temp around 30.
> 8 species
> Ruffed Grouse 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Cedar Waxwing 330 Most certainly undercounted. but they were swarming every tree that had available berries. Lots of berry-sharing behavior observed as well. Seemed to be between mature birds, so not sure if pairing behavior occurs during the winter.
> American Goldfinch 15
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