Prey Species Inventory
I did a bit of looking at my notes. Not sure I have this totally right yet, but I have the beginnings of a prey chart for this year. Someinteresting stuff on there! When the chicks came out, I noticed far fewer prey accounts. Herc and Max just didn’t make as many trips to the nestand I was too busy, at times, chasing down chicks to be able to watch what they were bringing into the nest. So, the last part seems a bit sparse. Anyway, here’s what I have:
Species Inventory: 2006 MCC Peregrine Falcon Prey
|Latin Name||Common Name||WK||WE||WN||RR||Ca||Total|
|Bombycilla cedrorum||Cedar Waxwing||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|Cardinalis cardinalis||Northern Cardinal||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Coccyzus americanus||Yellow-Billed Cuckoo||0||0||1||1||1||3|
|Coccyzus erythropthalmus||Black-Billed Cuckoo||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Colaptes auratus||Northern Flicker||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Columba livia||Rock Dove/City Pigeon||6||1||7||4||0||18|
|Cyanocitta cristata||Blue Jay||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Dendroica petechia||Yellow Warbler||0||1||2||2||0||5|
|Icterus galbula||Baltimore Oriole||0||0||2||1||0||3|
|Larus delawarensis||Ring-billed Gull||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Passer domesticus||House Sparrow||1||0||0||1||0||2|
|Quiscalus quiscula||Common Grackle||0||0||0||2||0||2|
|Scolopax minor||American Woodcock||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Sturnus vulgaris||European Starling||3||1||2||1||0||7|
|Turdus migratorius||American Robin||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Zenaida macroura||Mourning Dove||0||0||2||3||0||5|
|Unknown Bird||Indigo Bunting? (solid, vivid blue breast, black legs, small)||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Unknown Bird||Juv. European Starling? (dk.brown, dk. legs, starling-sized)||0||0||2||0||0||2|
Rail or Sandpiper? (speckled br/bl/wh breast, long yellow legs, prom. knee, long
|Lasionycteris noctivagans||Silver-haired Bat||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Unknown Bat||Mexican Free-tailed Bat? (brown fur, about size of
WK = Witnessed adult kill and eat prey
WE = Witnessed adult only eating prey, no kill
WN = Witnessed adult only take prey to or from the nest
RR = Recovered prey remains
Ca = Prey found in cache area
- 5/6/06: Pigeon probably killed but dropped and not recovered from the ground; Starling (posterior half) taken directly to the nest; Starling killed and then eaten on Monadnock.
- 5/8/06: Unknown sp. bat eaten by adult.
- 5/9/06: Starling killed and then eaten on lighting fixture to west of garage; Yellow warbler remains recovered on roof of garage; Grackle remains taken out of nest and dropped on stairwell roof of the garage, not recovered.
- 5/10/06: Starling eaten on Monadnock by female and posterior half taken back to the nest; Sparrow posterior half recovered on garage roof
- 5/11/06: Pigeon remains recovered on garage roof; Male oriole, posterior half, recovered on garage roof
- 5/12/06: American Woodcock on ledge niche cache spot, been there a long time; Yellow-Billed Cuckoo new in cache this morning.
- 5/14/06: Black-Billed Cuckoo posterior half recovered beneath the nest ledge.
- 5/17/06: Mourning Dove feathers recovered on the garage top under half-eaten carcass on stairwell roof; Male brought whole oriole back to the nest.
- 5/18/06: Female killed and thenate a pigeon on top of the lighting fixture to the west of the garage, posterior half taken to the nest; Female killed a sparrow and took the whole bird into the nest.
- 5/19/06: Female took unknown bird into the nest, large, very bright yellow legs, prominant knee, long unwebbed toes, breast feathers white with brown/black mottling; Found in prey remains pile on stairwell roof – wing head and feather of a Northern Flicker, lots of pigeon, warbler and starling feathers, a grackle tail, Mourning Dove feathers, Whip-Poor-Will feathers.
- 5/20/06: Female brought whole oriole to the nest; Female brought unknown bird back to the nest, vivid blue breast, black legs; Male brought Mourning Dove to the nest.
- 5/22/06: Female brought pigeon and yellow warbler to the nest.
- 5/23/06: Male killed and then ate a pigeon on the nest ledge, took the posterior half into the nest; Adult brought pigeon, starling, yellow warbler and posterior of dark brown bird with dark legs into the nest.
- 5/24/06: Female brought Yellow-Billed Cuckoo to the nest; Female killed a starling nestling that had apparently fallen off a building and then ate it on that building’s fire escape, remains were recovered; posterior half of Silver-haired Bat found on fire escape nest to starling.
- 5/26/06: Adult brought pigeon to the nest; Female ate a blue jay on the Monadnock, prey remains recovered (feathers)
- 5/27/06: Cedar Waxwing remains recovered on top of garage
- 5/28/06: Male brought portion of pigeon into the nest
- 5/29/06: Adults brought two pigeons and unknown bird (long yellow legs, prom. knee, long unwebbed toes, white breast with black/brown mottling) into nest; Female ate yellow warbler on Monadnock
- 6/3/06: Adults brought pigeon, mourning dove, robin and unknown bird (solid brown, darkish legs) into the nest
- 6/4/06: Male killed and then ate juvenile seagull (black ring around beak?) on the AT&T roof; Male killed pigeon and then ate it on a building to the SE, took the whole, but plucked, pigeon into the nest.
- 6/6/06: Male ate cardinal on the nest ledge then took portion into the nest; both adults killed pigeon on top of the Board of Trade.
- 6/13/06: Male bring pigeon to chicks who eat it on nest ledge
- 6/20/06: Tail and wings of yellow-billed cuckoo, pigeon feet and bones,
mourning dove leg recovered on garage top
- 6/22/06: Cedar Waxwing and pigeon remains recovered on garage roof
- 6/26/06: Adult female feeding juvenile female a pigeon on top of the Board of Trade, adult female took off with most of it.