Saturday, April 10, 2010

This Explains the Cedar Part

Cedar Waxwing with "cedar berry"

Yesterday I encountered a flock of Cedar Waxwings feasting on their namesake food, cedar berries. The problem with that, though, is they are not berries at all, and they are not produced by a cedar tree. The tree, commonly called Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, is actually a juniper, and should be referred to as Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniper scopulorum. Junipers are conifers, and they produce cones, not berries. Therefore, to be absolutely precise, you would have to say that the Cedar Waxwing pictured here is holding a juniper "cone." I don't know...berry just sounds more appetizing to me. I usually call them juniper berries as a compromise. Whatever you call them, the Cedar Waxwings were devouring them yesterday.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe the bird should be called a Juniper Waxwing!