I am fortunate to have a Mountain Ash tree in my front yard ... some days it is covered in dozens of waxwings and other birds. I have my camera sitting on a bench ready to go to capture these beauties.
"Because waxwings have the ability to metabolize ethanol, they can sometimes become intoxicated by too much fermented fruit! Both species can be found lying motionless on the ground under a crabapple tree after a storm, though they typically recover after a few hours of inebriation. Sometimes, waxwings gorge themselves so much on sugary fruit that they are unable to fly.
"A 1974 Manitoba study of Bohemian Waxwings that perished from flying into buildings after indulging in fermented fruit from a crabapple tree showed that the birds had an alcohol content of nearly 3% and a blood alcohol of 73 milligrams per 100 milliliters"
January 25th, 2016
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