Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cedar waxwings appreciate invasive, nonnative Chinese privet berries in worst of winter

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view of waxwings gobbling privet berries on January 24, 2011, at World Peace Wetland Prairie. Many decades ago, the Chinese privet was introduced to Northwest Arkansas and it thrives despite the efforts of native-landscaping enthusiasts. The birds don't complain. In fact, they keep eating the berries and spreading the seeds. There are many reasons to replace such invasive species with natives, but the process is difficult and we don't get much help from the birds.

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