Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scarlet Tanager eating Tiger Spiketail at Trout Brook Valley

Just as the title says, Jim Zipp was kind enough to send me these amazing photos he took of a male Scarlet Tanager eating what certainly looks to be a Tiger Spiketail!

I mentioned the state-listed threatened dragonfly in this post after I found a small population at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area this summer. Jim took the shots a few years back. Sure enough, the area where he recalled taking it was very close to the Tiger Spiketail population. Fortunately, for the most part, losing one or two dragonflies is not overly harmful to a population, but in the future, we may have to erect signage for the birds and request that they make their meal selections from the other dozens of dragonfly and damselfly species found on the property. Thanks for sharing, Jim!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photos © Jim Zipp and not to be reproduced without explicit permission

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