[CT Birds] falcons vs. blackbirds
Anthony.Zemba at gza.com
Tue Aug 9 10:20:57 EDT 2011
Since we are swapping mid-air raptor catches, I have a cool experience to share if y'all will grant me this one pardon (since it was witnessed by me whilst not in CT). Paul's Falco vs. Agelaius story reminded me of the time I was out on Sandy Hook in NJ and all of the sudden in an instant every shorebird in the vicinity took to the air in a flurry and bolted past me heading north. I thought it must be a raptor and turned to look south to see a Peregrine winging its way up the hook. Then, one of the displaying Red-winged Blackbirds in the nearby marsh - perhaps bursting with testosterone that spring afternoon - thought it wise to fly straight upward into the air to perhaps harrass the "hawk" that was invading its territorial airspace. In mid-ascent it must have dawned on the blackbird that it was a falcon and not a hawk, as the blackbird put the skids on suddenly. But before the blackbird could turn to retreat, the Peregrine did a quick dip from its trajectory and easily nabbed the ill-fated icterid, turned, and flew back south down the Hook from whence it came.
Anthony Zemba CHMM
Certified Ecologist / Soil Scientist
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
655 Winding Brook Drive
Glastonbury, CT 06033
ONE FINANCIAL PLAZA
1350 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
anthony.zemba at gza.com
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Carrier Graphics
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 7:17 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] migration and predators.
Just a short observation I had years ago like Dave Ps about migration and
I was at Bakersville swamp in New Hartford, watching the recently arrived
Red-winged Blackbirds setting up their territories. I had one beautiful
displaying male filling my bins, when all of a sudden - WHAM! A Merlin surprised
this displaying male from behind and silently flew off with it in it's talons,
in the same direction the BB was going. Quick, silent, efficient and boy was it
a shocker for me to witness this unexpected capture in an instant!
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.
For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org
This electronic message is intended to be viewed only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain privileged and/or confidential information intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are
not the intended recipient, please be aware that any disclosure, printing, copying, distribution or use of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately and
destroy this message and its attachments from your system.
For information about GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and its services, please visit our website at www.gza.com<http://www.gza.com/>.
More information about the CTBirds