Date: 7/10/17 8:07 am
From: Ragupathy Kannan <0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fox Squirrel raids House Sparrow nest
Every summer I face the unpleasant task of having to discourage House Sparrows from nesting in my property.  They usurp Barn Swallow and House Finch nests.  This summer, they usurped a Robin's nest.  Before I could shoo them away, I had to travel back-to-back for several weeks.  By the time I returned on June 29th, the sparrows had babies in the nest.  So I let them be. 
This morning, I heard a commotion outside.  Several of the sparrows, a thrasher, and a mockingbird were mobbing a Fox Squirrel right inside the nest.  The squirrel grabbed a chick, and, totally unperturbed by the mobbers, ate the chick perched on a branch a few feet from the nest.  And it went back to the nest, and this time ate something, possibly an egg.  
The nest is empty now.  
KannanFt. Smith
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