Berry time for the birds in Walton County

May 20, 2010

A cedar waxwing perched on mulberry tree. Photo courtesy Jenny Gomillion

Jenny Gomillion of DeFuniak Springs captured this nice photo of a cedar waxwing in a mulberry tree. Looks like there are plenty of berries ready to eat. To learn more about Jenny’s photography, go to

About cedar waxwings:
Look for Cedar Waxwings in woodlands of all kinds, and at farms, orchards, and suburban gardens where there are fruiting trees or shrubs.

A silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.
Information courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology,