Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swallows eating mushrooms

2019-08-01 Thread Maryfaith Miller
Alyssa,
I know I have to fight the insects for my share of the mushrooms I like to
eat, and it makes me wonder if the birds know how mushrooms can be loaded
with bugs. Did you get the sense that the birds were consuming the
mushrooms, or rummaging through them for insects? Very interesting behavior!
Maryfaith


On Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 9:25 AM Johnson, Alyssa  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
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swallows eating mushrooms

2019-08-01 Thread AB Clark
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  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 
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[cayugabirds-l] Swallows eating mushrooms

2019-08-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
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

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