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This is what they were eating today.

From one crop


The 4 types of items consumed.
 

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The ones I got this year were full of catkins and grapes.
 

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obvious the second is maple, the last looks to be the shoot of princess pine, what are items 1 and 3?
 

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obvious the second is maple, the last looks to be the shoot of princess pine, what are items 1 and 3?
Item 1 is a fern tip. I'd guess that at least 75% of the birds I've killed contain fern. Item 3 is some type of a tree bud, but I'm not sure which. The dominant tree species in the area were black birch, cherry and maple. My original thought was birch, but I'm not certain.

Can anyone provide any guidance for Item 3?
 

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Nearly every bird I've checked from the ANF has had fern in it's crop. I rarely see the maple seeds but went to Maine this year and the birds crops were loaded with maple seed.
 

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Awesome, informative posts guys. Any id's on the fruits, berries and nut looking crop?
 

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Cool, I'll have to see if I can find some old pics. I have found a lot of fern too. Other things I see a lot are pin cherry, barberry fruits, clover and of course buds. I have never found the maple seeds though.

Good thread idea, let's keep it going.
 
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