Data on the winter diet of Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus) in the United States are few and most are qualitative (Sherrod 1978). There are only two pub lished analyses of winter prey in the Southeastern United States. Stoddard ( 1946) remarked that remains of 925 Cotton Rats (Sigmodon hispidus) were found in 1,100 pellets in Southwestern Georgia. Jackson et al. (1972) also found that S. hispidus was the predominant prey in East-Central Mississippi with mammals accounting for 83.5 percent and birds for 16 percent of all prey individuals found in pellets in March 1971.
Author: Douglas B. McNair
Volume Number: 31 Year Published: 1984
Issue Number: 3-4
Page Number: 3
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1984/Vol 31 No. 3, 4_1984_p3-5.pdf
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