Most of the birds brought into the nest-box are in bits – hard to identify. Beau, who is doing 90% of the hunting, obviously likes to have a quick chew before passing the prey onto Swift and/or Snow. I do have a file of a few complete corpses from this breeding season, however, and out of a total of 35, 20 are common starlings (which are pest on this campus and vineyard), three are eastern rosellas (very common here), one red-rumped parrot, one red wattlebirds, one crested pigeon, and some less specified: a few quails, parrots, other pigeons etc. I also have a file of over a 100 other prey, which need further scrutiny for identification (if possible).
What is intriguing is whether the starlings really do dominate the prey at this time of year, or whether there is a bias due to the fact that Beau does not like starlings, so doesn’t have a go at these first before offering them to the family. If pigeons are tastier, as I suspect they are, they are less likely to arrive intact into the nest and more likely to make up some of the grey, unappetizing bundles of fur videos of which are cluttering up my hard drive.
More on this later when I’ve had time to go through the other tapes. Here is Snow with an example of both starling and attitude. And yes, I think he is a boy.