Date: 6/23/20 8:54 am
From: Poleysgmavt <poleys...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Downy Behavior
Maybe he/she is just waiting for his headache to go away.

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> On Jun 23, 2020, at 11:39 AM, Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:
> ´╗┐From Birds of the World:
> "Infrequently, will perch motionless, clinging to a vertical stem, bill
> pointing nearly straight upward as if in a trance for several minutes to
> nearly half an hour...before resuming normal foraging. Whether this is rest
> or a response to a potential predator near is not clear."
> I have observed this "torpor" state many times at my feeders, sometimes for
> many minutes, when there was no apparent predator and other birds do not
> seem to be alarmed. In the winter, I thought perhaps they were just
> conserving energy.
> --Ken Copenhaver
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> Virus-free.
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>> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 8:53 AM maevulus <maevulus...> wrote:
>>> On 2020-06-22 21:58, R Stewart wrote:
>>> Or could it mean there is a raptor in the area? Better yet... why
>>> would a
>>> Downey cling to a suet feeder and feed the 'kid' who is right there at
>>> the
>>> feeder too?? DO it yourself, child!
>>> On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 4:15 PM Martha Pfeiffer <
>>> <0000001a1bef7484-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>> Does anyone know why the Downy will posture upright at the feeder and
>>>> remain statuesque for awhile? I've also seen the hairy display such
>>>> behavior though not as frequently as the Downy.
>>>> Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset
>> We were fascinated by Downy behavior this morning, too. The female came
>> to the pole where suet used to hang and looked - we thought - highly
>> perplexed that it wasn't there. She pecked at the pole a few times, and
>> then she flew to a nearby hummingbird feeder and spent almost two
>> minutes taking rapid sips. "If I can't have my fat, at least I'll get
>> some sugar!"
>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
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