Re: gosling predators?

jack booth

I left out owls because their feeding habitats put out at a time when the goslings would be out of sight under mom. Great horned owls could kill a large goose easily but my guess is that it is unusual (anybody have more info). I do know that they occasionally kill wild turkeys off their roost. Great horned owls do kill striped skunks commonly. Jack

On May 11, 2005, at 9:09 AM, Feather Forestwalker wrote:

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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