Buzzard Cam 2016 ~ Mari and Mihkel

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Re: Buzzard Cam 2016 ~ Mari and Mihkel

Post by Birdfriend » July 2nd, 2016, 10:12 pm

Yes, indeed, it was the most extreme phase here in this season, but the time runs, it was already for three weeks, unbelievable. :bow:
But I'm happy, that both siblings survive and are strong and fledge. :nod:
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Post by Hagnat » July 2nd, 2016, 10:29 pm

The visiting bird with frog this morning is the only Buzzard I have seen today.

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Post by lianaliesma » July 2nd, 2016, 11:29 pm

Hagnat, thank you very much for your great comments and food count reports! Image

To me that was also the most dramatic epizode in my birdwatching history ... :bow:
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Post by Taube » July 3rd, 2016, 9:27 am

it was an interesting and enjoyable time here with the buzzards, thanks for all the comments and pictures,
I wish the buzzards a long and beautiful life. :wave: :loveshower:

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Post by Hagnat » July 3rd, 2016, 11:03 am

July 3

No Buzzards seen yet this morning.

Great tit on the nest
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13:00 The weather has become very bad. Wind and much rain. Bad weather to hunt.

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Post by Hagnat » July 3rd, 2016, 1:51 pm

The cam is off since around 13:10.

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Post by IceAge » July 3rd, 2016, 2:31 pm

Hagnat wrote:The cam is off since around 13:10.
Few minutes before it looks like a thunderstorm.
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Post by Trine » July 3rd, 2016, 2:32 pm

Yes, there was a heavy thunderstorm.

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Post by IceAge » July 3rd, 2016, 3:10 pm

15:08

Stream is back.
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Post by Hagnat » July 3rd, 2016, 3:12 pm

The cam is now off for two hours. The last picture in the archive is from 13:09 but the current video is running. Started earlier.
15:11 The cam is back now

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Post by Hagnat » July 3rd, 2016, 7:03 pm

19:02 A Nuthatch on the nest.

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Post by Hagnat » July 3rd, 2016, 10:05 pm

No buzzards seen today.

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Post by IceAge » July 4th, 2016, 10:21 am

July 04.


no stream
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Post by Hagnat » July 4th, 2016, 11:17 am

IceAge wrote:no stream
Earlier this morning there was.
And according to the archive there still is.

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Post by Hagnat » July 4th, 2016, 1:32 pm

Meanwhile the stream is back.

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Post by Hagnat » July 4th, 2016, 2:02 pm

July 12. This is an extended and corrected version of the original post, with the numbers from June 1-9 added, making the month complete.
Completing the season (starting May 16, when a bird and a rat were delivered) would be nice but would also mean a lot of work.
The first version can still be found on Looduskalender http://www.looduskalender.ee/n/en/node/496



Summary of the last 30 days (1 - 30 June 2016) of food delivery to the young Buzzards on the nest
In addition to watching the web cam directly, I have searched the videos in the archive in detail for food items brought to the nest during June.
On June 1 the oldest young was 20 days old and the youngest 17. On June 30 they were 49 and 46 days old. On June 26 the young started to leave the nest but came back to eat. The morning of July 1 was the last time food was delivered to the nest and eaten there, and the evening of that day the last young was seen on the nest. Because the cam lost its sound on the morning of June 6, it is not known how long the young stayed in the vicinity of the nest.

The number of food items delivered to the nest per day.
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On June 11 nothing was delivered because of the bad weather.
I have no explanation for the low number on June 10.

Variation in the food per day as a percentage of the daily totals.
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Compare with the first chart to get an idea of the actual numbers.

- Mammals were mainly voles, but also rats, mice, moles and shrews, usually impossible to tell witch species. Most voles were likely of the most common Microtus species, some perhaps Bank vole and one or two almost certainly Striped field mouse. Small rodents and shrews often were swallowed whole, even when the young were still pretty small but rats and moles always caused problems. It could take the mother over one hour to feed a rat.
- Amphibians were Common Toads and frogs of unknown species. Often it was difficult to see whether it was toad or frog. Toads seemed more popular than frogs, although the young usually needed the help of mother to eat them, while they had no problems with frogs. It could take over twenty minutes to deal with a toad.
- Invertebrates were always earthworms, likely of various species. Some were very big. Most were caught after rainy weather, most notably on June 12 (with 15 worms) and the following four days. Almost no worms after June 16 and none at all before June 12.
- Birds were difficult to identify to species. Usually it were juvenile songbirds or waders/meadow birds (plovers?). Quite a few looked like pipits or thrushes. Others were possibly a Skylark and a White Wagtail. On June 13 an unidentified unusual big bird was brought and eaten. On June 7, an exceptional but easy to recognize prey was a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Distribution of the four categories over the total of 317 prey items
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With 60% small mammals are clearly the most important food. The volume of worms is much less than any of the other animals. Perhaps one average vole equals the weight of 20 worms. But in the end it is the nutritional value that counts. Bones and fur or feathers are swallowed but later regurgitated in pellets.

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Post by sova » July 4th, 2016, 2:28 pm

Hagnat . . . . eine very interesting one work.
I quite cordially say thank-you for her effort. :nod:

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Post by Rita » July 4th, 2016, 3:17 pm

Amazing, Hagnat, your statistics.

Thank you once again for your meticulous work and the time it took to accomplish this. THIS is interesting and useful.
I was always looking forward to your relevant postings.

I hope I can say this here as well: What annoyed me were (always the same) users who would post nothing but
superficial comments as if this Forum here was a chat room.

See you soon, at the latest next year in this nest. :thumbs:

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Post by Bea » July 4th, 2016, 4:37 pm

Hagnat, thank you for your work with this prey list and for illustrating it by diagrams.

How interesting to see the parts of the different kinds of prey and the compare in the daily total.
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Post by Hagnat » July 4th, 2016, 6:29 pm

Thank you all. I am glad to see that it is appreciated by some.

What I find intriguing is the number of prey items per day. You would expect the young getting more to eat as they grow, but what you see is the opposite. The number is falling with age, also after the five days with many worms. Only the trend of the mammals is negative, so it could mean that they became bigger on average. Although constant, this could also apply to amphibians. A good female toad looks twice or more the volume of a normal frog.

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