Re: gosling predators?

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Kate Marianchild wrote:

What about turtles? do we have those in ponds on the coast?
Yes, but not American Crows - at least, not very regularly; this seems to be the one area on the California coast where this species is not seen with much regularity. . .Common Ravens are more than likely the culprit, if we're looking at avian predators - but so are Northern Harriers, Red-shouldered Hawks and, possibly, Cooper's Hawks - Barn and Great-horned Owls come to mind......I haven't seen all of Jack's list - mammals would include those I *do* see listed, as well as raccoons, gray foxes, domestic cats, bobcats, etc.

The turtles are likely to be a species of western pond turtle, however, so these are too small to eat gosling; I bet you're thinking of snapping turtles - and I am not sure whether we have these as a native species on the coast. Is possible that there are some introduced ones, however, and at the Caspar Pond, *anything* is possible in that regard..



On May 10, 2005, at 10:20 AM, Jack Booth wrote:

I also forgot to mention opposum, bullfrog, and large-mouth bass. Jack
On May 10, 2005, at 9:32 AM, B. Acord wrote:

Great list Jack. Also Common Ravens and American Crows. Corvids,
especially Ravens, will team up on the adults to split there
till one of the goslings is vulnerable.

Brian Acord
Graduate Research Assistant
Humboldt State University, Wildlife
Arcata, Humboldt County, California

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