Re:[cayugabirds-l] Robin ferocity

2014-05-30 Thread Sandra Wold
Wow, I love this listserve and learn so much from it!  This Robin behavior
observed explains why I feel like a local Robin has been dive-bombing me
every morning I walk out into my back yard (downtown Ithaca).  She must
have babies nearby. She had a nest nearby last year which was attacked by
something, and I found the remains.
Sandy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robin ferocity- Salt Point

2014-05-29 Thread Donna Scott
Thanks for reporting this interesting sighting, John.

When Kevin McGowan gave part of the recent Lab of O. Seminar on Crows, he 
remarked on some reasons some people do not like crows.
One reason was they eat baby birds from the nest.  
To which he replied (paraphrased here), Well you want to know what else eats 
baby birds?! 
- Cute little chipmunks!
Then he showed a photograph of the 'cute little chipmunk' with his face in a 
bird's nest eating a nestling.

That Salt Pt. Robin knew what it was doing when it attacked the chipmunk!

Donna Scott
Lansing
  - Original Message - 
  From: John Greenly 
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
  Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 1:06 PM
  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Robin ferocity- Salt Point


  I was at Salt Point taking bad photos when I saw a chipmunk crossing the dirt 
road near its dead end at the concrete blocks on the North side.  The chippy 
was heading toward the base of the big scrubby juniper on the east side of the 
road, and suddenly out of the tree a Robin came streaking down, hit the chippy 
so hard it tumbled head over heels.  The bird chased it back into the brush 
across the road, with continuing scuffling sounds.  The Robin came back to the 
tree; the scene was repeated twice more in the next 5 min or so.  Finally the 
Robin began marching back and forth on the road like an armed guard in front of 
a palace, and thereafter no more sign of the chipmunk.  The attacks happened so 
fast that I failed to get a decent photo.  I think of chipmunks as pretty quick 
on their feet, but this one was no match for the Robin, it got nailed every 
time.  Needless to say, the Robin does have nestlings in that tree.  

  Other birds to mention-

  at least two singing Willow Flycatchers;  E. Kingbird seems to have moved in- 
I see one regularly; Mourning Warbler heard as Jay reported in the ravine 
across the tracks from the north end;  Green Heron on the creek;  at least two 
singing Yellow-throated Vireos-  one seen near the RR bridge; fly-over Wood 
Duck, heading for the creek upstream of the RR bridge.

  --John Greenly
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robin ferocity- Salt Point

2014-05-29 Thread Kathleen Kramer
I attended the Seminar on Crows at the Lab of O and enjoyed it very 
much.  When Kevin related the information about the chipmunk eating baby 
birds, I was reminded of an incident I witnessed in PA a few years ago.  
(I think I posted it to the Cayugabirds list.)  From my dad's kitchen 
window, I saw a chipmunk attack and kill a female cardinal who was 
nearby, pecking at seeds fallen from the feeder. The chipmunk grabbed 
the cardinal and in the struggle, her neck was broken.  We should have 
just watched, I guess, but we rushed outside and the chipmunk raced off, 
scolding.  We put the dead cardinal on a nearby stump and went out on an 
errand for a short time. When we returned, the cardinal was gone.  Don't 
know if the chipmunk came back and dragged her away or if a neighborhood 
cat had come by.  In any case, we learned that chipmunks are tough!

Kathleen Kramer
Newfield


On 5/29/14 10:54 AM, Donna Scott wrote:
 Thanks for reporting this interesting sighting, John.
 When Kevin McGowan gave part of the recent Lab of O. Seminar on Crows, 
 he remarked on some reasons some people do not like crows.
 One reason was they eat baby birds from the nest.
 To which he replied (paraphrased here), Well you want to know what 
 else eats baby birds?!
 - Cute little chipmunks!
 Then he showed a photograph of the 'cute little chipmunk' with his 
 face in a bird's nest eating a nestling.
 That Salt Pt. Robin knew what it was doing when it attacked the chipmunk!
 Donna Scott
 Lansing

 - Original Message -
 *From:* John Greenly mailto:j...@cornell.edu
 *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 *Sent:* Monday, May 26, 2014 1:06 PM
 *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Robin ferocity- Salt Point

 I was at Salt Point taking bad photos when I saw a chipmunk
 crossing the dirt road near its dead end at the concrete blocks on
 the North side.  The chippy was heading toward the base of the big
 scrubby juniper on the east side of the road, and suddenly out of
 the tree a Robin came streaking down, hit the chippy so hard it
 tumbled head over heels.  The bird chased it back into the brush
 across the road, with continuing scuffling sounds.  The Robin came
 back to the tree; the scene was repeated twice more in the next 5
 min or so.  Finally the Robin began marching back and forth on the
 road like an armed guard in front of a palace, and thereafter no
 more sign of the chipmunk.  The attacks happened so fast that I
 failed to get a decent photo.  I think of chipmunks as pretty
 quick on their feet, but this one was no match for the Robin, it
 got nailed every time.  Needless to say, the Robin does have
 nestlings in that tree.

 Other birds to mention-

 at least two singing Willow Flycatchers;  E. Kingbird seems to
 have moved in- I see one regularly; Mourning Warbler heard as Jay
 reported in the ravine across the tracks from the north end; 
 Green Heron on the creek;  at least two singing Yellow-throated
 Vireos-  one seen near the RR bridge; fly-over Wood Duck, heading
 for the creek upstream of the RR bridge.

 --John Greenly
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