At my house, the cedar waxwings fly into a tree as a group eat for several minutes, then fly to the next tree, repeat and back to the tree they started with.  They have been doing that since Friday.

Kind of cool.  Love seeing all the cedar waxwings right next to the house!!

Columbia, MO.  Boone County

Michele Baumer
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Columbia, Missouri 65203
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From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jean Leonatti
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 3:53 PM
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Subject: cicadas and waxwings

This morning, while playing golf I noticed several groups of Cedar Waxwings.   Finally on one hole,  I saw a group of them clinging to a large tree-trunk, as if they were woodpeckers, and picking off the cicada larvae (or whatever the white stuff is!) as the cicada where starting the journey up the tree.   Our golf course was established in 1921 is surrounded by old, tall trees.   Also saw several Common Nighthawks at 10:30a cruising the fairway --- I suppose also feasting on the cicada banquet.  Later under another large tree, we could see all the little holes in the ground where they had emerged.

A local scientist had written in the newspaper that we should think of this as a "wonder of nature" rather than a nuisance --- and today it certainly was!

Jean Leonatti
Boone County, Columbia, MO
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