[va-bird] Re: dead accipiter

  • From: "Stephen Living" <Stephen.Living@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <LarryNTA@xxxxxxx>,<va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:51:38 -0500

Accipiters may be preyed on by a number of raptors (even other
Accipiters)  including Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrin
Falcon, Northern Goshawk and even Bald Eagle (according to BNA). 
Essentially if it's bigger and can catch you - it will eat you.  I've
come across a good sized red-tail that had become a meal for a great
horned owl.

Stephen Living
Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries
Wildlife Diversity Division
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
3909 Airline Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23321

>>> <LarryNTA@xxxxxxx> 1/10/2007 8:55 AM >>>
I observed a dead accipiter along Massaponax Creek behind the
development in Fredericksburg yesterday.  From its size believe it was
Cooper's.  The head and part of the breast had been eaten.  It had been
stripped of 
most of its breast and tail feathers which where laying around the
carcass.  It 
was apparent that it had been fed on by an avian predator or scavenger.
 I was 
wondering if the literature contains references to predation on
accipiters by 
other raptor species.

                                            Larry Kline
                                           Fredericksburg, VA
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