Date: 4/12/17 3:01 pm
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Squirrel eats bird

I was wondering if fox squirrels were avivores . Since greydiggers (the Beechy groundsquirrel referred to by Dan Gleason) and chickarees (Rudi's red squirrel) eat them, it would be surprising if they didn't. I have often thought about the impact of deer on ground nesting birds, as most of the undergrowth is gone where the deer population is too high. But Darrel's mention of the deer's direct impact, eating baby birds, is gloomy food for thought. Lars
On Apr 12, 2017, at 2:50 PM, Gerard Lillie 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...>
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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
> 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:
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> > Obolists,
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> > 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.
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