[CT Birds] BEHAVIOR QUESTION

David F Provencher david.f.provencher at dom.com
Wed Nov 2 11:26:09 EDT 2011


Lorraine,

My first thought is either grit or springtails (snow fleas). I would favor springtails myself, you should be able to see them as very small black/blue critters on the snow if they are there. Springtails can provide a bit of cold weather protein for Waxwings and other wintering birds.

Dave

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From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Lorraine Gundersen
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 11:18 AM
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Subject: [CT Birds] BEHAVIOR QUESTION

Location is Guilford. Most of my snow is melted with the exception of very small patches of snow/ice in shaded areas on the lawn. Today a group of 5 young cedar waxwings were picking at these snow patches and appeared to be eating the snow/ice. I do have two sources of fresh water for the birds so I am puzzled by this behavior. Everything is cleaned and other birds enjoy the moving water of the fountains.....any input?

Lorraine
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