My Name Is Zorro!

Cedar Waxwing

F/6.3, 1/250, ISO 1600.

Cedar Waxwing

Day 160 / 365

“IΒ hear trouble over there it’s time to fly”.

Interesting Fact: Because they eat so much fruit, Cedar Waxwings occasionally become intoxicated or even die when they run across overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol. The name “waxwing” comes from the waxy red secretions found on the tips of the secondaries of some birds. The exact function of these tips is not known, but they may help attract mates. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/lifehistory )

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29 Comments

  1. We had a mountain ash in our yard, which produced red berries in the fall. The juice of the overly ripe berries also became fermented. We observed several robins being so intoxicated that they were unable to fly. They were literally dancing in large circles on our lawn. This is not a tall tale!!!

    • I’m sure it was very entertaining, I wish I could have seen that. Thank you for stopping by and sharing this awesome story with us. πŸ™‚

  2. I heard a similar fact about drunkenness recently relating to the Kereru, the New Zealand wood pigeon. These birds are big and go crashing through the trees when sober so heaven knows how loud they would be when out of control!

    • Wow, I would love to see that bird drunk, since it looks a lot bigger then Robin and Waxwing. Thank you for sharing that drunken bird with us. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much. It is really cool, first time I seen them I thought of Zorro. I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my work. πŸ™‚

  3. That’s a great story about the bird. My son went into school on crutches yesterday. They had been his younger sister’s and I was having trouble adjusting them and so he went off to school with them somewhat uneven and he was having trouble coordinating them and so when he arrived at class, his teacher said he looked drunk. I’d accidentally runover his foot and so what with all this “theatrre” the teacher turned the foot into a creative writing exercise.

    • Wow that is an amazing story, hope by now he got those crutches adjusted. Thank you for sharing that story with us. Hope your son feels better and recovers quickly. πŸ™‚

  4. They do indeed get drunk from fermented berries. I saw this happen once and couldn’t believe why this gorgeous creature was out cold. I later wrote and posted a poem about it. Great photo!

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