[CT Birds] Question on bird behavior- "frozen" pose
royz at royzartarian.com
Mon Apr 2 22:37:59 EDT 2012
I've seen this exact behavior in a Downy at a feeder when a Sharp-shinned
Hawk landed in a nearby tree. The Downy stayed "frozen" for at least five
minutes after the Sharpie left.
On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM, <sean at seanmurthaart.com> wrote:
> Today I came across a behavior I have seen a few times before that I have
> never figured out. It was a Downy Woodpecker on a sapling, at about eye
> level, frozen still. I noticed it as I passed by, perhaps two yards away.
> I stopped and watched for several minutes and except for small movements
> of the head, it stayed completely still- even as I moved. It remained
> there until I left. On past occasions I have seen this with White-breasted
> Nuthatch and Brown Creeper, and in each case I suspected a nearby raptor
> but was unable to locate one. In the case of the Creeper I even suspected
> it was ME that it was perceiving as a threat, and it was trusting it's
> camouflage. But neither Nuthatch nor Downy is particularly gifted in that
> Has anyone seen this behavior before and have any better explanation for
> -Sean Murtha, Norwalk
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