Date: 3/10/17 9:15 am From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> Subject: [wisb] Re: False security
I suspect the sparrows feel like they have a better chance in a dense shrub, as opposed to being out in the open where an aerial acrobat like a Sharpie can pursue them. I've seen much the same thing in my own yard with a Sharpie and a Junco playing "tag" in a shrub. If there are multiple sparrows, any individual one is probably hoping the predator will take off in pursuit of one of the others.
At my first house, I had a large yew next to the garage, and near the feeders. I looked out one day to see a Cooper's Hawk dive into the yew after the flock of House Sparrows that favored it as a shelter. The sparrows exploded out of it, and the Coop popped out, preyless. They went back in, and so did he. This happened a few times, until he finally came out with one in his talons and set to work plucking it. The entire time all that was going on, a Red-breasted Nuthatch that had been unlucky enough to be on the feeder when the hawk appeared stayed frozen in place, only flying off when the Coop finally had prey.
Peter Fissel Madison WI ________________________________ From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> <wisbirdn-bounce...> on behalf of Jerry Schoen <basketsandbirds...> Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 9:21 AM To: <wisbirdn...> Subject: [wisb] False security
I sparrows are hiding in a globe arborvitae do they feel safe. Yesterday afternoon a female sharpie was sitting on a feeder surveying the shrubs in front of the windows of our sunroom. It dropped down in front of one of the shrubs and eventually entered the bush while on the ground. A sparrow exploded out of the top and the sharpie came out the other side with a female sparrow in its grip.. After re-gripping several time it began removing feathers.. Question- did the bird feel safe hiding in the shrub and not flee like the second one ? All of this took place about six feet from where I was standing. Jerry Schoen Whitewater #################### 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 wisbirdn: Wisconsin Birding Network - FreeLists<http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn> www.freelists.org wisbirdn: Wisconsin Birding Network. WISBIRDN is an open discussion list principally focused on Wisconsin birds and birding. Topics may include the timely reporting ...