[wisb] Fascinating bird behavior
- From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: Wisconsin Birding Network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 08:38:46 -0500
Saw a couple of really interesting things while birding yesterday. At Mud Lake Wildlife Area in Columbia County, a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were divebombing a female Brown-headed Cowbird as she sat on a branch. I wondered if she had already parasitized their nest, or did they recognize the threat she posed before that even happened? At Harvey Rd., as John Romano and I were scoping the shorebirds and trying to get a somewhat accurate count, I panned the scope onto a small group of Wilson's Phalaropes and saw two females in a tussle. The fight went on for at least 30 seconds as a couple of males nearby fed peaceably. I'm not sure who "won", although one of the females had been getting the upper hand, so to speak, before they broke it up. Peter Fissel Madison WI #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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