[CT Birds] Crow harassment and devoured red-shouldered hawk
G M ARCHAMBAULT
gm72125 at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 17 21:05:00 EDT 2014
This description sounds to me more like a mammalian predator aftermath. An alert fox, perhaps, capitalizing on a raptor's successful twilight hunt? -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:48 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
That certainly does sound like a mystery. I wonder if perhaps the RS
caught and ate the rabbit and then was attacked by another predator, quite
possibly an owl, and eaten. If so, However I'd think the feathers from the RS
would have been scattered along with the wings and rabbit entrails.
On the subject of the owls, however: Neither Barred Owls nor Great Horned
Owls migrate. And both establish territories and will not let the other
invade it without a fight. But a Barred Owl that stands its ground will
almost certainly be killed by a GHOW . So, if a Barred Owl is in the area, it is
unlikely that a GHOW would be. I would think that if it surprised the RS
on the ground, a Barred Owl could easily kill it as well, however.
"Just looking for some thoughts regarding an incident my friend in Windham
center reported to me last week.
In a large pine a bunch of crows were loudly harassing something unseen.
Nearby a red-shouldered hawk was also vocalizing. Eventually they
dispersed, but the object of displeasure was never seen. The next morning
he found the wings of a red-shouldered hawk in the lawn, the rest had been
eaten. He also found the entrails of a rabbit. So he wondered if the
action and the remains were connected. I said that I read that crows and
great-horned owls do not get along, to put it mildly, but did not know if a
nocturnal GHO would devour a diurnal red-shouldered hawk (certainly the
rabbit though). He has heard barred owls there (not that day), but never
great-horned. Perhaps one of the latter was migrating though and roosting
in the pine. In any case, any insight appreciated.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
mntncougar at aol.com
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