we are the future (predators)
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|This is a Buteo Rufinus nest with two newly hatched chicks. I have later found out that the third one also came into the world. You can see a mouse in the left part that will be the food for these chicks. The plastic (also on the left) is a usual nest material for butruf. Every nest of this species I have seen has at least a bit of plastic. I do not know why are they using this material. I chose to post this birdseye view of the nest beacuse you can see the prey item, the 2 chicks and the egg, and also the array of nest materials (branches, plastic, string, grasses). The eggs of ButRuf are whitish to pale pink in color with darker spots.|
The species preffers to nest on steep cliffs but this nest was unusually placed on a tree.
The menu list for this species includes all kinds of mice. I have even found pellets containing snake scales so they can take snakes as well. Citellus seems to be a major part of the diet, although it depends on the territory. If the pair has its teritory in citellus country they will take mainly citellus; if not they will diversify the diet with the items mentioned above.
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I like the picture, but i am curious is that hair in the nest?
- [2007-02-25 18:24]
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