Date: 4/12/17 2:58 pm
From: linda phelan thompson <lindaphelanlmt...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Squirrel eats bird
There are both Juncos, as well as Towhees and squirrels under my feeders.
They are often feeding there at the same time, and so far I haven't noticed
the birds leave in the squirrels presence, or see the squirrels go after
the birds.

Linda, Fanno Creek

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie...>
wrote:

> Last spring I stepped out of the house and saw an eastern type squirrel
> walking away with a junco in its mouth. I don't know if the junco died
> first and the squirrel found it or if the squirrel captured it, I would
> guess the former. It climbed up a large big-leaf maple and out of sight so
> I don't know if it dined on the bird or not. It was a surprise to me as I
> have never seen a squirrel with a bird before.
>
>
> Gerard Lillie
> Portland, OR
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Dan Gleason <dan-gleason...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:25 AM
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> *Subject:* [obol] Re: Squirrel eats bird
>
> Several years ago I took some photos of Beechy Ground-Squirrels feeding on
> a Rock Dove that had been run over by a car in the parking lot of a park in
> southern California. I have also seen Western Gray Squirrels at a turkey
> carcass in the middle of the road near our home here in south Eugene. How
> much they actually ate, I'm not sure because they had to continually run to
> avoid on-coming cars.
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> Dan Gleason
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> Dan Gleason
> Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited of Eugene
> Ornithology Instructor, University of Oregon
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> > On Apr 12, 2017, at 9:01 AM, "<woodenapple...>" <
> <woodenapple...> wrote:
> >
> > Obolists,
> >
> > Word of warning for the squeamish: The following isn't breakfast fare.
> >
> > Just a few minutes ago, around 8:30 a.m., while I was drinking my coffee
> and looking out into our N. Eugene/Santa Clara-area backyard, a
> Yellow-rumped Warbler struck our glass sliding door with enough force to
> kill itself on impact. Within a couple of minutes, before I had a chance to
> remove the remains, one of our resident red squirrels came up and inspected
> the dead bird. After just a couple of sniffs, it proceeded to consume the
> entire head with me watching from less than two meters away! I was curious
> how much of the bird the squirrel would eat but am unable to report this
> since it ran off with the rest of its prize.
> >
> > I've heard reports of squirrels consuming nestlings, but I'd never
> actually observed any carnivorous behavior until now. I don't know whether
> it's noteworthy that the behavior was as a scavenger rather than predatory.
> >
> > Rudi
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*Linda Lee*

 
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