Patterns in Ground Nest Predation
has been documented as the primary cause of nest failure in songbirds.
Therefore, understanding rates and patterns of predation is vital
to understanding bird reproductive success.
In this study, the temporal patterns of predation on ground nests
were investigated. “Early”
and “late” season artificial ground nests baited with quail and clay
eggs were constructed on three replicate forest plots and collected after
two weeks. Natural ovenbird
nests were also found and monitored for success.
Results showed that late season artificial and natural nests
suffered higher rates of predation than early season nests.
Small mammalian predators depredated the artificial nests
significantly more than large mammalian predators.
Higher rates of predation in late nests could be due to the
activity patterns or abundance of predators varying temporally throughout