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RE: Kingfisher catching flying insects
- To: "'Danny Swicegood'" <email@example.com>, "Listserv CarolinaBirds \(E-mail\)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: RE: Kingfisher catching flying insects
- From: "Tom Lorenzin" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 23:10:54 -0400
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"It seems that sometimes birds don't eat what they're supposed to."
Yup! Many species of birds make the switch from frugivore to insectivore
(or pescivore, omnivore, whatever) and back depending upon the time of
year - i.e., whether their making eggs, feeding young, readying for long
migration flights, etc. Their digestive systems actually change to
accommodate the switch.
Tomm "ancora imparo" Lorenzin
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Danny Swicegood
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2001 19:53
Subject: Kingfisher catching flying insects
Like Carleton I have never a flycatcher eating fruit, but years ago I
watched as a female Belted Kingfisher repeatedly caught flying insects and
fed them to several hungry youngsters. This was in the vicinity of McGuire
Nuclear Station on Lake Norman. It seems that sometimes birds don't eat
what they're supposed to.