[CT Birds] Predator niches

lpflynn at optonline.net lpflynn at optonline.net
Mon Apr 26 01:08:14 EDT 2010

I've been followed a number of winter roosting Long-eared Owls at an undisclosed location, in with all the wash and pellets were many bird beaks, the cardinal beaks were easily recognised, but I could also pick out chickadee, titmouse and sparrow beaks in the pile.
My guess is that these birds diurnal birds are not at all safe during the evening hours.
Larry Flynn 

----- Original Message -----
From: Carrier Graphics 
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 12:15 am
Subject: [CT Birds] Predator niches
To: rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org

> I believe Steve, maybe what your asking is more like two niches 
> that are similar.
> What the Red-shouldered hawk feeds on during the daytime, is the 
> same or closely 
> mirrors the Barred Owls at night. Both prefer swamp creatures.
> The same can be said about the Red-tail and Great H Owl I think 
> as well.
> It seems predators have evolved to capitalize on a niche that is 
> open to them and their
> ability to catch them. In this case, a diurnal predator is 
> replaced with a nocturnal one 
> that can use the same habitat with no other competitors to 
> compete with. Which brings up 
> a question. 
> If accipiter (hawks) catch diurnal birds during the day, then 
> what other species
> of predator catches them at night? I would assume none, because 
> most all birds are not
> flying at night and this prey then is not available, yes?
> Paul Carrier
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