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.