Gray Catbird Hunting Dragonflies at Dawn

This trail camera video from June 2019 shows a Gray Catbird hunting dragonflies at dawn over two successive mornings at Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. The bird takes advantage of the dragonfly behavior. Dragonflies rest on vegetation overnight, and don’t begin flying until later in the day. It appears that this Gray Catbird is catching dragonflies as they are resting on vegetation. In the first clip, the bird finds a dragonfly and hops off with it. In the second clip, the bird is tearing the wings off a dragonfly before eating it. These video clips were captured shortly after 6 am. Sunrise on these dates was 5:52 am.

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