About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Photo Share: Cedar waxwing with holly

Holly has long been associated with winter holidays. Early Europeans used holly as ornamentation during their winter solstice celebrations. The winter solstice, which occurs in late December in the northern hemisphere, was the longest night of the year and signified the gradual lengthening of days and coming spring — a cause for celebration. Holly's symbolism of the new season made it an appropriate and colorful ornament for winter festivities.

For birds Holly is one of the most versatile and useful plants with more than 400 species that range in size from creeping shrubs to trees 100 feet or more tall. Waxwings, woodpeckers, catbirds, thrashers, mockingbirds, bluebirds, robins and other thrushes all appreciate snacking on berries during the short days of winter.