Date: 3/16/17 11:23 am From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] woodcock and feeder predation
During the squall that hit Somerset yesterday afternoon I saw an American Woodcock walking down our long driveway and eventually hop off a bridge that passes over a small stream. I was in my truck so when I got to the bridge I stopped and looked down and saw the woodcock walking along and stop to drink from the brook. That's the first time I've ever seen a woodcock drink. Or maybe it was trying eat. I'm not sure. I also saw red-winged blackbirds pick out acorns from the water and then hammer them like a woodpecker (sort of). Another first.
And finally another first: most all of us have probably seen a sharpie pick off a passerine or two from our feeders, but yesterday was the first time I saw a red fox kill a bird at the feeders: a male cardinal. The fox, which I think was a male, was having a tough time negotiating the feathers but eventually got the head and body down. After he left I walked out to inspect the remaining feathers and blood in the snow. Quite a color contrast.