|Fledgling Cedar Waxwing -- July 7, 2011 -- photo by Kurt Krucke|
|Map from Birds of North America Online species account for Cedar Waxwings|
I also delved into the archives of The Chat, the quarterly bulletin of the Carolina Bird Club, Inc -- Ornithological Society of the Carolinas. And I found that records of nesting Cedar Waxwings in SC are rare as well. So today I submitted this information with photos (with permission from Kurt) to the editor of the "Briefs for the Files" of The Chat and to the web editor of the Carolina Bird Club site for inclusion in the photo gallery.
So to be specific, here's what Kurt reported: He saw the little guy on the rail of his deck in the morning on July 7. He heard a bird scolding in the tree that the baby bird came from, but he was not able to see the bird in the tree. Perhaps that was the parent. He has not seen the little one since that morning.
I did see on the Birds of North America Online site that the Cedar Waxwing's population has increased in the past 20 years and its breeding range seems also to be expanding. The researchers believe these increases and this expansion may be due to "the creation of edge habitats conducive to fruiting trees and shrubs, especially as farmlands regenerate to forests; the planting of fruiting trees and shrubs in rural and urban areas; and, perhaps, the elimination of the use of DDT from agriculture."
I want to thank Kurt Krucke and his Mom for sharing this information and his photo with me so that I could share it with you!