[Mnbird] Somebody always wants your lunch

John Schladweiler joschlad at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 12:15:35 CDT 2020


About 40 years ago I lived in a small town in Western MN.  We had a pair of
Western Kingbirds that nested on a transformer platform in the alley.
Every time I mowed the lawn one of the pair would come and perch on the
clothesline and pick off the bugs that the mower was kicking up.  Both the
birds and I considered it a mobile food plot.

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 11:15 AM Linda Whyte via Mnbird <
mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:

> Maybe it has always been this way, but let's hope it doesn't indicate a
> new dearth of insects.
> Linda Whyte
>
> On Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 10:01 AM DONALD GRUSSING Owner via Mnbird <
> mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
>
>> Interesting behavior in my neighborhood.  The Bluebirds are working hard
>> to catch bugs for their second hatch. But a male Phoebe has made it harder.
>> He follows the Bluebirds, and when they drop from their perch to retrieve a
>> bug, he beats them to it, or sometimes tries to snatch it from them in the
>> air.
>> Luckily his nest appears to be off a ways, so they have enough moments of
>> free hunting to keep going.
>>
>> The Phoebe is most active in the morning, but the Bluebirds hunt all day
>> long.
>>
>> Don Grussing
>> Minnetonka
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-- 
John Schladweiler
New Ulm, MN
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