Anthony Zemba Anthony.Zemba at gza.com
Wed Nov 2 11:28:44 EDT 2011

Hi Lorraine
Are you sure the Cedar Waxwings aren't picking small invertebrates off the surface of the snow such as spiders, springtails, or some small dipteran?

Anthony Zemba CHMM
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-----Original Message-----
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
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org

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?

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