Date: 7/21/20 6:41 pm
From: Greg Kurtz <150gregk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Song Sparrow behavior
I've seen a Mourning dove do this. My dog was on leash, and as we passed
the bird, I saw a fledgeing lurking nearby. This was in Forest Park, in
Portland

On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 6:33 PM Howard West <howardoutwest...> wrote:

> Common Nighthawk
> .
> I can't be the only person who has wandered close to a Nighthawk nest!
>
> Back around the mid 1970's while fishing Gerber Reservoir for Crappie from
> shore, I cut cross country to reach the road my car was on.
> The Nighthawk was on the ground in rocky, mostly brushless land with a few
> scattered juniper trees.
> I can't remember if both parents were involved, but I was witness to a
> display that would put Killdeers to shame.
> While the visual display was pretty much the same as the best that
> Killdeers offer, the audio display was just unbelievable!
> Anyone who goes into good Nighthawk country in summer time that owns good
> audio equipment must keep it ready to use!
> This country also had many Common Poorwill that would be on the dirt roads
> at night.
>
> Gerber Reservoir is about 40 miles East of Klamath falls.
>
> Howard West
> Klamath Falls
>
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 4:25 PM Owen Schmidt <oschmidt...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/BirdObserver17.3_Page125-128_Distraction%20Displays%20or%20Injury%20Feigning%20in%20Birds_William%20E.%20Davis%20Jr..pdf
>>
>> I’ve seen it in Blue-winged Teal in an alfalfa field in Minnesota.
>>
>> <oschmidt...>
>> Tuesday, July 21, 2020
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jul 21, 2020, at 4:00 PM, Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> I observed behavior from a Song Sparrow that I have never seen before
>> while on a dog walk this morning. The broken wing behavior that Killdeer
>> employ to lure predators away from their nest or recently fledged chicks is
>> well known. This morning while walking my puppy a Song Sparrow landed about
>> five feet from us. My puppy lunged at it and the sparrow lifted one wing
>> and hobbled away from us. My puppy couldn't resist and tried for it again
>> (I stopped her, of course). The sparrow then did the dislpay again lifting
>> both wings and ran further away looking like a drunken sailor (apologies to
>> sailors). When it felt the situation was secure it flew away. I have only
>> seen Killdeer do this and am wondering if anyone has seen Song Sparrows or
>> any other species besides Killdeer do this.
>>
>> Good birding, Gerard
>>
>> Gerard Lillie
>> Portland, OR
>>
>>
>>

 
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