Posted by Steve Rushing on July 13, 2022 at 10:28 am
Female Northern Cardinal sally-gleaning an inch worm.
Sally-gleaning is a feeding technique that is between gleaning and hawking. A bird flies (‘sallies forth’) from a perch and takes prey off foliage. It is a common foraging technique employed by warblers, kinglets & other small insect-eating arboreal birds. Larger birds, like cardinals, can get in on the action too when there’s a juicy morsel to be had. We need to stop the trend of collapsing insect populations & make sure that there are lots of juicy morsels. Starting in our own yards with insect-friendly landscaping.