Cedar Waxwings Binge on Blueberries

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Like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, The Birds, birds are threatening this season’s Florida blueberries. In the 1963 movie, thousands of birds seemingly for no reason begin attacking people in a small town along the northern California coast.

In Florida this year, errant cedar waxwings, which like eating berries, are attacking fields of blueberries. Growers are firing propane-powered cannons to startle the birds from becoming comfortable in the fields so they won’t devour their crops.

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) – Photo ex New-Jersey-Birds.com

Read full article, which was written by Doug Ohlemeier and published by The Packer.com

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Carol Duke
Carol Duke

Well, the farmers will have to cover the blueberry bushes . . . birds will of course eat them otherwise. It seems to me there is nothing errant about the Cedar Waxwings behavior . . . they are behaving just as any berry loving bird would. The humans are the ones with errant ways. This article irresponsibly refers to the birds as “attackers” which is absurd really and the use of cannons is truly outrageous. I do not mean to sound unsympathetic to famers and their income, but mono crops in large numbers must be covered to keep birds from… Read more »

Marlene Condon

You are so astute!  People tend to look at the natural world with a skewed perspective, as you are pointing out.  I’m currently working on a book about this very subject.  I’m delighted to know there are folks out there who already “get it”.

Sincerely,
Marlene A. Condon
Author/Photographer of The Nature-friendly Garden:  Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People