Date: 7/10/17 10:38 pm From: Sara Caulk <0000006993f5a594-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: Fox Squirrel raids House Sparrow nest
This could explain the very fresh, headless little Northern Parula I found on our patio a few days ago. I thought that maybe it had fallen out of the nest, and the neighbor's cat had beheaded the little guy. I thought it rather strange tho, because my understanding is that cats are in the habit of presenting their prizes to receive praise from their person. The little bird showed no harm elsewhere. I was quite bummed out.
From: Ragupathy Kannan <0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: Fox Squirrel raids House Sparrow nest
Bill, the squirrels seem even more wasteful than monkeys. This afternoon I examined the house sparrow chick carcass (that the squirrel had discarded). The squirrel had just nibbled around the edges. There were lacerations in the chick's torso and some around the head, but no deep gashes--the chick appears uncrushed. What a waste.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:18:39 AM CDT, Bill Shepherd <stoneax63...> wrote:
Our squirrels are just monkeys. Every bit as mean and equally resourceful.
Bill Shepherd 2805 Linden, Apt. 3 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-5964 <Stoneax63...> (501) 375-3918
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Ragupathy Kannan <0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:07 AM
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.