Date: 4/12/17 4:10 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Squirrel eats bird
OK folks, let’s just get it out there. A squirrel is a rat with a bushy tail. Any further questions?


Alan Contreras

Eugene, Oregon

> On Apr 12, 2017, at 4:08 PM, Harry Fuller <atowhee...> wrote:
> squirrels are also champion egg-stealers, whether nest is on ground or in tree...we need a couple good species of squirrel hawk
> On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 9:01 AM, <woodenapple...> <mailto:<woodenapple...> <woodenapple...> <mailto:<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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