Mushrooms almost immediately attract a range of small insects, some of which specialize on reproducting in them—tiny beetles, gnats (flies) and I am sure several other groups. I wonder if they were not picking these easy insects off, especially given their juvenile (klutzy predator) status? The movements might have attracted them.
Anne > On Aug 1, 2019, at 9:25 AM, Johnson, Alyssa <ajohn...@audubon.org> wrote: > > Good morning, > > I observed something so strange this morning. There are several dozen > juvenile tree swallows all over the back lawn at the Montezuma Audubon Center > (presumably staging?) fluttering in the air and landing on the ground. I > watched multiples feeding on these small white mushrooms, which iNaturalist > tells me are milky conecap. I have a picture of the mushroom with feeding > marks on it if anyone wants to see. I am trying to get a picture of the > swallows actually feeding on the mushrooms but they won’t hold still! > > Thoughts?! > > Alyssa Johnson > Environmental Educator > Montezuma Audubon Center > > PO Box 187 > 2295 State Route 89 > Savannah, New York 13146 > (315) 365-3588 > ajohn...@audubon.org <mailto:ajohn...@audubon.org> > -- > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> > Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> > Archives: > The Mail Archive > <http://email@example.com/maillist.html> > Surfbirds <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> > BirdingOnThe.Net <http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> > Please submit your observations to eBird <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>! > -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --