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Re: odd behaviour in juncos
- To: Pantelidis Veronica S <PANTELIDISV@MAIL.ECU.EDU>
- Subject: Re: odd behaviour in juncos
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- Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 15:25:14 -0800
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Possible, but temperature here was low fifties, and this was in deep shade,
not a basking site. Most snakes and other reptiles have been well
underground for a month here around 3000'. I did consider other predators,
but nothing was obvious, then again, why ONLY juncos mobbing when lots of
other species were nearby?
on 11/27/01 9:47, Pantelidis Veronica S at PANTELIDISV@MAIL.ECU.EDU wrote:
> 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.
> Veronica Pantelidis
> Greenville, NC
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> Sent: 11/25/01 7:42 PM
> Subject: odd behaviour in juncos
> Dear Folks:
> 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.
> James Coman
> Piney Creek