... Am sitting at my "desk" watching Cedar Waxwings completely strip our huge Possumhaw of its berries this afternoon through the window 6 feet from me. ..they come in waves and I estimate there are around 130 birds in the flock, give or take....We have had waxwings all winter but the berries were not ripe enough for them until yesterday and today, I suppose. The tree will likely be bare by nightfall if not before. They worked it from the tip-top downward and only the very bottom limbs still sport fruit. Each bird comes and rapidly harvests 5 sometimes 6 berries, swallowing them whole, before flying up to a mulberry. The berries pass through the birds very quickly. They seem capable of digesting and passing these berries in as little as 30-35 minutes. They can stuff themselves full even to the point of having berries lodged in the esophagus awaiting their turn for digestion. I see birds like this in this flock. Waxwings possess an oversized liver which helps in digestion and also helps them deal with berry toxins and fermented fruit that can contain alcohol...at least to a degree, they can still get drunk on fermented berries if too many are consumed. If these birds were here much longer, the porches and walkways would be a complete mess...As it is, there will be a lot of Possumhaw sprouts to have to pull in the spring under that mulberry. Just like last year.