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Cedar Waxwings Conserving Energy

cedar waxwing at oriole nest 241Your eyes are not fooling you. A Cedar Waxwing is visiting a Baltimore Oriole nest. Why? If you had the choice between scouting the landscape for an odd board here and there with which to build your house, or going to a deteriorating, abandoned house and helping yourself to a goldmine of available lumber, which would you choose? The oriole nestlings have fledged — their nest has served its purpose. It’s highly unlikely that the parents would ever use the nest again. Waxwings, which are relatively late nesters, discovered the abandoned nest and are taking advantage of the oriole’s (female builds nest) hours of collecting raw materials. Fiber by fiber a pair of Cedar Waxwings pulled this nest apart and recycled what they removed.

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5 responses

  1. Bill On The Hill...

    I’m a firm believer in recycling… :~) B.F.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  2. viola

    Fascinating!

    June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  3. Beautiful bird. Clever.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  4. Pretty much the same thing my spouse and I are looking to do when building our own house.

    June 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  5. Clever birds!

    June 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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