Holly Berry Time!

Top Photo: Cedar waxwing surveys the area for berries.

Keep your eyes open for cedar waxwings and American robins raiding the holly trees and bushes around campus. Each year the two species flock in and often pick clean the American and yaupon hollies of their fruit. Even the eastern red cedars take a hit.

The fun usually starts in February. It’s February now!

Cedar waxwing with yaupon holly berry.
American robin with American holly berry.
Still some red cedar (juniper) berries to pick.

American robins can be seen locally in every month of the year. Waxwings are nomadic and may show up at any time from September through May, wherever berries are plentiful. February and March are top months for seeing waxwings on the piedmont.

The next time you walk past a holly or cedar, stop and have a look for the birds.

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