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RE: odd behaviour in juncos
- To: "'James Coman '" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: RE: odd behaviour in juncos
- From: "Pantelidis, Veronica S" <PANTELIDISV@MAIL.ECU.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:47:04 -0500
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Maybe a snake, James. Around my home, birds like to mob black rat snakes.
It often takes a lot of looking with binoculars before I find it.
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Sent: 11/25/01 7:42 PM
Subject: odd behaviour in juncos
Odd observation today here at the farm, on which I need input.
As I approached a young dense stand of white pines, I heard many S.C.
alarm calls and saw the birds fluttering about and in and out of the
in one area of about 30 feet square. I immediately assumed that this
of about 40 Juncos was mobbing a small owl. Tried and tried, but could
find it, with very agitated juncos coming within five feet of me.
gave up and retreated about 30 feet to watch the show, with the Juncos
continuing the commotion. There were ONLY Juncos in this "mobbing"
A small 20-bird mixed chickadee-kinglet-wren-bluebird flock approached
through the woods, coming eventually to within 100 ft. of where the
continued to "mob" something. I have never known a chickadee or wren to
down the opportunity to scold anything, but they did, with no noticeable
interaction between the two flocks. The mixed flock moved off.
I tried again to locate the "owl" or whatever, but the Juncos had no
focus to their scolding activity, and I could not find anything, which,
considering how dense the cover was, certainly doesn't mean that
was not there.
This "mobbing" continued for about 45 minutes after I first encountered
with the juncos slowly dispersing.
Any suggestions? If the Juncos were not mobbing, what was going on? Why
one-species flock mobbing? Why did the chickadees and one Carolina wren
ignore the chatter? I cannot remember seeing anything quite like this in
40-odd years of birding.